Warwickshire made the perfect start to the Inter-County women's tennis championship, in group one at Eastbourne, by inflicting an 8-1 drubbing on the powerful Middlesex side.
Most heartening for captain Katie Shaw was her own outstanding performance, winning three rubbers out of three at third pair with Luisa Cowper, from Four Oaks, including two hard-fought three-setters.
Top British junior Hannah Grady, making her debut at first pair with national coach Claire Lyte, was equally impressive. The partnership fought back well to win all three rubbers after dropping their opening set to the Middlesex firsts, former international Jo Ward and Rebecca Dandaniya.
Former British No 1 Louise Latimer and Leyla Ogan, from Solihull, dropped the only rubber of the match, going down to Ward and Dandaniya after holding match points when a set and 5-2 up.
The victory has given Warwickshire a major confidence boost as they attempt to go one better than last year's runners-up spot behind hot favourites Surrey and take the title they last won in 1997.
Shaw, from Kings Heath, said: "I'm thrilled that everyone produced such great tennis on day one.
"On paper Middlesex look one of the strongest sides and we came really close to a whitewash against them.
"Hannah's slotted into the team really well. She and Claire Lyte have got a lot of talent and are lovely all-court players, so they'll be a real threat to any pair in the championship.
"We've now got to try to reproduce that form against Oxfordshire and it's great to go into that match on such a high."
Warwickshire bt Middlesex 8-1 ( Warwickshire names first) - C Lyte/H Grady bt J Ward/R Dandaniya 6-4 6-2, bt T Callow/F Hearn 4-6 6-2 6-4, bt S Dart/N Neri 6-0 6-4 L Ogan/L Latimer lost to Ward/Dandaniya 7-6 6-7 5-7, bt Callow/Hearn 2 6-1 6-2, bt Dart/Neri 6-3 6-2 L Cowper/K Shaw bt Ward/Dandaniya 7-6 1-6 6-2, bt Callow/Hearn 3-6 6-0 6-3, bt Dart/Neri 6-2 6-1.