Hampshire started the competition well, by beating rivals for the title Somerset to get their points total back to zero. Michael Lumb has shown himself to be one of the best T20 opening bats in the world, and his contribution has been massive for the Hawks.
The experience of captain Dominic Cork is also a big reason for their success. They are again the ones to watch this season.
On the back of the win against Somerset, they made it two out of two by defeating Surrey on Friday. Imran Tahir did the damage with the ball, and then Hampshire's top order finished them off. Vince, Adams and McKenzie backup Lumb form a very strong top order for T20. Young, slow bowler Briggs is also a major threat, as he proved in last year's competition. And it doesn't stop there for Hampshire, who also possess the dangerous Dimtri Mascarenhas.
Kent have been in the mix for the latter stages of this tournament on many occasions, and Joe Denly has in the past been a big part of their success. Denly keeps things steady as opener and allows some of Kent's flair players to play their shots. With Key, Van Jaarsveld and the destructive Darren Stevens, they will be a good match for Hampshire.
But it is with the ball that Kent may struggle. Stevens' medium pace can be troublesome, and Tredwell's slow bowling is more than useful. However, I don't think they have the quality to back that up in their attack.
I expect Hampshire to win through, as their top order could fill their boots against Kent's bowling.