Tom Kohler-Cadmore smashed a blistering 127, hours after team-mate Tom Fell was given the all-clear to resume his career, as Worcestershire Rapids opened their NatWest T20 Blast campaign with a 38-run victory over Durham Jets in the North Group.
The 21-year-old, who shaved his head to raise money for Cancer Research after Fell suffered a cancer scare, hit 14 fours and eight sixes as the Rapids posted a monstrous 225 for six - their highest ever T20 score at New Road.
Phil Mustard's 64 provided hope for the visitors but Worcestershire seamer Joe Leach claimed 5 for 22, including the wicket of Mustard in a spell which saw him grab two wickets in successive balls, as Durham could only muster 187 for eight in defeat.
Sam Hain's impressive 92 powered Birmingham Bears to a six-wicket win over Nottinghamshire Outlaws.
Dan Christian was at his swashbuckling best as he hit three sixes in his 19-ball 34 but Jeetan Patel took three wickets to restrict Notts to 179 for seven.
Ian Bell returned to action after missing Warwickshire's win midweek with a hamstring problem but was dismissed by Brett Hutton for 11, b ut fellow opener Hain - who hit 12 boundaries in his knock - guided the Bears to victory.
Meanwhile, Richard Levi's 61 from 29 balls steered last year's runners-up Northants Steelbacks to a five-wicket Duckworth Lewis victory over Leicestershire Foxes.
Elsewhere in the South Group, Azhar Mahmood starred with the bat and ball to steer Surrey to a nail-biting eight-run victory over Essex Eagles.
With Surrey struggling at 80 for six, the ageless 41-year-old and Tom Curran put on a 65-run partnership to help the visitors recover and post 170 for eight.
Despite Tom Westley's 46 and Graham Napier's rapid 19 from eight balls, Mahmood would collect four wickets to clinch victory at Chelmsford.
Daniel Bell-Drummond and Joe Denly hit a record-opening T20 partnership to inspire Kent Spitfires to an impressive eight-wicket victory over Somerset at Canterbury.
A 134 second-wicket partnership from Jim Allenby and Peter Trego helped Somerset set Kent 198 to win.
Denly would score a rapid 75 from 38 balls while Bell-Drummond, who was also part of the previous record of 119, hit an unbeaten 83 not out in their 150-run partnership as the Spitfires cruised to victory with 16 balls remaining.
Ross Taylor helped Sussex Sharks beat Gloucestershire by one run on the Duckworth Lewis method at Bristol.
The former New Zealand captain smacked an unbeaten 93 from 48 balls as Sussex posted 242 for five.
In response, Gloucestershire skipper Michael Klinger and Ian Cockbain recorded an unbeaten 62-run partnership before rain intervened with the hosts on 83 for one.
With a revised target of 84, the Sharks were ahead by one run before the match was abandoned due to bad weather, handing Sussex the win.