Stuart Thompson scored his maiden century for North West Warriors but the inter-provincial championship game against the Northern Knights was evenly poised after the first day at Downpatrick.
A fourth-wicket stand of 148 between Thompson and Scott Campbell dominated the day before Warriors lost their last six wickets for 34, but when Craig Young and Graeme McCarter each took a wicket in the final eight overs, the Knights were still 254 behind with eight first innings wickets standing.
Rassie Van der Dussen (one) and James Shannon for a duck were the men out and it will be the visitors who will have been keener to return this morning.
Thompson batted for six minutes short of four hours in scoring 113, off 197 balls, with 11 fours and three sixes and Campbell for one minute longer in an innings of 76, with seven fours and two sixes after taking 22 balls to get off the mark.
But it could have been so much better for the Knights who missed at least four chances, Thompson on 14 the most expensive, was one of three off the unlucky Andrew White who gave himself 22 overs.
The pick of the bowlers were the openers , Phil Eaglestone and Neil Gill, who shared seven wickets, the latter taking three with the second new ball in three and a half overs.
The Warriors selectors are not getting much success from their overseas players. Having changed both of them for this match, Kylliin Vardhan and Jan Frylinck contributed just eight runs between them and the Donemana pro also dropped opposite number van der Dussen.
Scores: North West Warriors 1st Innings 272 (S Thompson 113, S Campbell 76, D Rankin 32; P Eaglestone 4-64 N Gill 3-37) Northern Knights 1st Innings 18-2. Today 11am-6.30pm