Kent made a superb start to their County Championship clash with Northamptonshire on Thursday, ending day one on 286/2.
But from the opening duo of Zak Crawley and Ben Compton, it was the latter who impressed the most.
Crawley, who was recently named in Brendon McCullum's 13-man England squad for June's Test against New Zealand, made 62 before being bowled by Northamptonshire's Matthew Kelly.
The 24-year-old departed with the score sat at 93, but fellow opener Compton stuck around and put on a show. The left-handed batter finished the day on 125 not out, having helped his side to a total of 286 for two.
He formed a formidable partnership with Daniel Bell-Drummond, with the duo putting on 176 for Kent at County Ground.
Play will resume at 11:00 BST as Kent look to continue their impressive form with the bat.
County Championship Division One scores
Lancashire - Essex (280-7)
Northamptonshire - Kent (286-2)
Somerset (211) - Hampshire (29-0)
Yorkshire (28-0) - Warwickshire (244)
Elsewhere in the County Championship, Somerset endured a frustrating first day against Hampshire after choosing to bat first. Bowler Craig Overton top-scored for the side with 44 as they finished 211 all out.
Hampshire's Felix Organ and Ian Holland will resume on a total of 29 after a bright start to their innings.
Warwickshire achieved a first-innings total of 244 against Yorkshire, with wicket-keeper Michael Burgess narrowly missing out on a century by just four runs at Headingley.
Steven Patterson and Jordan Thompson shone for Yorkshire, with the pair both taking three wickets each as they dismissed the visitors within 81.4 overs.
Essex will resume on 280-7 on Friday morning, with Dan Lawrence enjoying his visit to Old Trafford with an unbeaten century.
Opener Nick Browne also did well to reach 71 for Essex to leave James Anderson frustrated as he settled for one for 41.