Ealing totted up a winning 10 points on day one of the 2015 Middlesex Cricket League to suggest a serious tilt at the title they last won in 2011.
The seven-time winners did a number on Hampstead after batting first to finish on 255-8.
A stop-start innings saw Mylo Wilkin out for 21 before Robert White hit 51 in 72 balls, along with Leigh Parry’s 42 down the order to beef up the total.
The North Londoners put doubt in Ealing minds after reaching 76 without loss - but it all went south for them pretty soon after. The middle order collapsed like a pack of cards, and although they staged a minor recovery at 155-7, it proved a false dawn when Hampstead were all out for 223 in the 49th over.
Ealing bowlers took shares in the bowling spoils. Elliot Opie bagged 3-59 and Ahmad Elech, Leigh Parry and Kristian Martin all captured two apiece.
There was also an opening day win for Shepherd’s Bush in Division Two, while Brentham picked up four points for a winning draw in the same league.
Bush reduced Brondesbury to 104 all out with only two of the opposition making double figures, while bowler James Kidson successfully passed an audition as the new Terminator with 6-28 in just 12.2 overs.
Bush then hiccuped their way to victory losing four wickets with Ian Massey top scoring on 30, and new overseas import Tom Felton just behind on 27 not out.
Brentham dismissed Eastcote for 226 in 54 overs - a crucial number when the other Ealing side got to 196-5 in their allotted 46 overs to claim the winning draw.
Tom Brandreth notched a maiden ton, and fast bowler Scott Aufderheide from Kensington CC in Adelaide grade cricket took six wickets on his debut.
There was plenty of time for a leisurely tea at Enfield where promoted Acton romped home in a game done and dusted in just 67 overs.
The north Londoners were skittled for a meagre 96 as Shola Samuel-Anyia ran amok in an unlucky 13 overs for Enfield where he snaffled 5-34.
Acton themselves found the going tricky but Yasir Mehmood was the rock on which a first win in Division Two was founded with. The batsman known as Yogi hit an unbeaten 42 while his side got the required runs for the loss of five wickets.
Captain Alex Brennan joked: “Yogi is looking hungry for the coming season. He even turned up at a winter net session for the first time in over 10 years with the club.”