A sixth wicket stand of 221 between Andrew White, who scored his fourth international century, and a delighted John Mooney who completed his first, has put Ireland on course for a three-day win against the Netherlands at Rathmines.
It may be too late to save their hopes of a place in the Intercontinental Cup final but this rampant Irish team have the Dutch on the ropes, still needing another 149 runs, with just six wickets standing, to avoid an innings defeat.
The visitors could not have wished for a better start to the second day, overnight batsmen Kevin O’Brien and Alex Cusack dismissed inside half an hour and, when Gary Wilson was given out leg before halfway through the extended first session, Ireland were 153 for five and still trailing by 35. But White and Mooney compiled the perfect partnership and by the end had the Dutch begging for mercy.
White was the first to his century off 167 balls with 13 fours and a six — the previous three had come in four-yearly intervals but his last was only in 2008 so he will hope a fifth is not long delayed.
For Mooney it has been a much longer wait. Indeed it took him nine years and 58 matches to score his first 50, in the last I-Cup game against Afghanistan, but just seven months and 32 matches later he brought up that elusive 100 from 129 balls with his 17th four.
The partnership was ended just 13 runs short of Ireland’s best for the sixth wicket, three balls before tea when Mooney was beaten by a beauty by off spinner Mohammad Kashif.