They underlined their potential with a 48-run win over Ropley, the side regarded by many as title favourites.
Hythe were in difficulty at 47-3 at Jones Lane, but a 78-run partnership between the influential Hakim Peruzi, whose 64 included seven sixes, and Wayne Royan (38) steered the Watersiders to a healthy 184.
Peruzi (2-37) and Ahmadzai (2-25) had Ropley rocking at 54-4 before Royan (3-27) emerged with his left-arm spin to reduce the visitors to 136 all out.
Hythe are among four sides to emerge unscathed from the opening month of the season with an unbeaten record.
Longparish and Fareham & Crofton have won all four matches, while OTs & Romsey II kept their unbeaten start intact in a thrilling 274-run apiece tie at Ryde.
Parish recovered from 12-3 to post a respectable 208-7 before going on to beat promoted Parley by ten runs.
They rallied from Ollie Green’s opening blast, initially through Paul Blackmore (38) and Tom Trinder (33), and then former Locks Heath all-rounder Jack Levy (50), who hit a decisive fifty.
Mark Stutter (62) provided a solid response for Parley, but James Bevan (3-33) and Chris Clarke (2-26) got the Dorset side behind the rate. They closed 198 all out, ten runs adrift.
Fareham & Crofton’s top order batsmen are in good nick, with Sam Stoddart (98) and Tom Kent (84) pointing the Bath Lane club to 280-6 against Alton II at the Jubilee Ground. Relegated Alton replied with 216-8, Andy Pearce hitting 64.
A leg bye off the final ball earned Ryde a last gasp tie against OTs & Romsey at Hardings Shute, where King Edward VI School all-rounder Jovan Dhariwal shone on debut.
The teenager hit an accomplished 87 and along with Iain Woodhall (58) and Colin Morris (41) pointed put-in OTs to 274 all out.
Stuart Robertson (70), who earlier took 4-54, and latterly Tom Morgan (76) led Ryde’s run chase which culminated in a thrilling finale, with seven required off the last over.
Stu Shapland (4-35) took an eighth wicket, was slogged for four through mid-wicket and then took a ninth scalp off the penultimate ball to leave Ryde needing two runs to win. The leg bye tied it.
County Village Cup finalists Easton & Martyr Worthy crushed Bishops Waltham by 119 runs, while Tom Flynn, with 3-3 and an unbeaten 43, played an important role in Hursley Park’s six-wicket win over Shrewton (160).
Burridge II (233-6) powered to a massive 163-run win over Andover (70), Rowledge wewre skittled for 74 and beaten by nine wickets by St Cross Symondians III and teenager Josh Balcombe took 5-18 as Hook & Newnham Basics successfully defended a modest 104 by bowling winless United Services out for 80 (Sam Mallinson 40).