Adam Dennison scored a record-breaking double hundred as the Northern Knights assumed total control on the first day of their Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship clash with the NW Warriors at Comber.
The 19 year-old made the highest individual score at the North Down venue, overhauling the 203 by the late Indian Test star Raman Lamba back in 1987, and the more recent 204 in a schools match by Warwickshire’s Mark Adair.
Dennison’s 206 allowed the Knights to declare on 400 for 6, giving his side 15 overs at the Warriors before the close in which they lost four wickets.
He became increasingly confident as the innings progressed, reaching his century from 171 balls, while taking only a further 71 to make it to the double hundred - the last fifty of which came off just 23 deliveries as he went quickly through the gears as the Knights searched for quick runs.
Dennison became the second double centurion in the competition’s history - Nick Larkin’s 247 for the Knights against Leinster Lightning was the other but his epic innings was ended shortly after when he chipped the off-spinner to Stuart Thompson at midwicket.
He shared a 3rd wicket partnership of 180 in just 208 balls with Surrey’s Gary Wilson.
Wilson made a fluent 63 (7 fours, 1 six) before becoming one of Craig Young’s three wickets.
Lee Nelson (32*) and Shane Getkate (26) inflicted further punishment.
Shannon knew thay had to bowl the Warriors out twice to gain full points.
His bowlers made a fine start to their task in the last hour, claiming the wickets of the Bready pair of David Rankin (15) and Andrew Austin (0) , while the Waringstown man also had Ross Allen (8) caught behind by Wilson.
It could have been even worse for the Warriors as skipper McBrine was dropped by Shane Getkate at third slip, but they did lose a fourth wicket when they got nightwatchman Barnes (1) in the penultimate over of the day in a busy day.
It will take an amazing rearguard action if the Warriors are to salvage anything from the contest - their rescue mission resumes tomorrow (TUES) at 11am.