Centuries from David Delany and Graham Kennedy have put the Ireland Development XI in a strong position going into the final day of their friendly against Gloucestershire Seconds.
The pair were simply outstanding in their unbroken eighth wicket partnership of 208 in 37 overs after more early runs for Neil Rock (35) and Philippe Le Roux (24).
They combined positivity with patience in their run feast, taking advantage of a tiring attack, who wilted in the sweltering conditions.
Delany's unbeaten 111 came from 126 deliveries and included 19 boundaries, while Kennedy's hundred from 124 balls contained 15 fours as well as three sixes.
Ireland's declaration on 448 for 7 - an overall lead of 520 - allowed the bowling unit two cracks at the hosts either side of the tea, and that proved a successful ploy as they slumped to 44 for 4 = two wickets for Graham Hume, and one apiece for Josh Manley and David Delany.
Max Tryfonos (44*) and skipper Tom Price (41*) ensured there was no further success for the Irish on a pitch that has really flattened out, requiring the bowlers to really work for their rewards.
Head Coach Pete Johnston will have been delighted with the way his charges have adapted to red-ball cricket in their first outing in the format since 2019, and he will be hoping to finish it off on Thursday with a win their performance has deserved.