A century from Stuart Thompson and two late wickets gave North West Warriors the advantage over the Northern Knights after the first day of three at Donwpatrick on Sunday.
The Eglinton all-rounder struck 11 fours and three sixes in a brilliant 113 as the Warriors collapsed from 238 for four to 272 all out in their first innings.
But any disappointment that the Warriors may have felt at that missed opportunity would have been tempered by a crucial double breakthrough before the close. First Craig Young, the former Sussex pace bowler, trapped South African professional Rassie van der Dussen lbw for just a single.
And then with the last ball of the day Graeme McCarter lured James Shannon into a false shot and the Instonians batsman spooned a simple catch into the hands of point. He had made a 13-ball duck.
The Knights closed on 18 for two and will be under the hammer when plays resumes this morning.
Earlier Thompson shared a superb 148-run stand for the fourth wicket with Coleraine’s Scott Campbell. The Bannsiders’ skipper made 76, including seven fours and two sixes before he became one of four victims for Phil Eaglestone.
Neil Gill claimed three for 37 as aside from Thompson and Campbell, only two other Warriors batsmen reached double figures.
In Section One Derriaghy induced a dramatic batting collapse as they beat Bangor by 15 runs at Queensway. Bangor were cruising on 174 for four as professional Remano Esau hit a majestic 120. But when he fell to Peter Bell (4-27) it sparked a collapse as five wickets fell for just five runs. Bangor were eventually all out for 194 with Craig Lewis taking three for 47. At Woodvale the home side lost by one run off the final ball to Downpatrick. Amit Patil hit 93 and took three wickets for Downpatrick and Paul Robinson’s 53 was in vain for Woodvale.