James Taylor hit a fine century as Nottinghamshire opened their Yorkshire Bank 40 campaign in some style with an 83-run win over Northamptonshire.
The difference in quality was marked as the visitors, fielding six internationals, batted with real purpose, Taylor scoring 108 off 102 balls, before they did an efficient job with the ball.
Taylor's century, plus 95 from Samit Patel, saw Nottinghamshire post 287 for four from their 40 overs while Northants could only muster 204 for eight in reply.
After opting to bat, Alex Hales assumed the dominant role for Notts early on with the initial eight powerplay overs finishing with the score at 48 for one. Hales reached his 50 off as many balls, two runs after being badly dropped at short fine-leg off Andrew Hall, but his innings ended when he aimed a crude swipe at Steven Crook.
That brought in Patel and, in collaboration with Taylor, the pair added 149 in under 18 overs.
Patel fell five short of his own century, off just 66 balls, when he skied a return catch to Copeland in the final over while Riki Wessels provided an effective cameo with a couple of sixes as the total reached an imposing 287 for four.
The hosts' reply started promisingly as Stephen Peters (21) and Kyle Coetzer (30) put on 50 in the powerplay without any undue fuss but their good work quickly unravelled.
Peters, advancing down the pitch to Patel, had his stumps rattled and the same fate befell Coetzer who had his leg stump removed by Jake Ball in the next over.
Two then became three as Alex Wakely missed a rashly attempted reverse sweep off Patel, who finished with 3-30, and David Sales then steered a short, wide offering from Ball to backward point as 59 without loss quickly became 64 for four.
Hall and James Middlebrook provided some belated resistance with 58 and 43 respectively in a partnership of 97 but it was all in vain.