Andrew Balbirnie scored a hundred in the Test trial, with Tyrone Kane the best of the bowlers taking five of the 13 wickets to fall on a manufactured day.

Pembroke batsman Balbirnie shown through the cold on a blustery day at Angelsea Road hitting 20 boundaries in exactly 100, before retiring - one of three to do so.

He added exactly 100 with Ireland captain William Porterfield, who dusted off the cobwebs with a very watchful 37 from 106 balls first time around and 16 from 30 balls the second time he came to the middle.

Ed Joyce was twice dismissed by Merrion team mate Tyrone Kane, making 9 and 1 in his two innings.

Others who batted twice were Kevin O'Brien, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson and Andy McBrine - the latter not dismissed in scoring 15 and 19.

Kane with 5 for 54 was the stand-out bowler among the seven used, although there was a welcome return from his back injury by Mark Adair (1-31 from 12).

Irish Test hopefuls Craig Young, Peter Chase and Simi Singh all went wicketless.

A useful work-out for all, on a day when the scorers wouldn't have appreciated all the manufactured comings and goings.

The trial continues tomorrow when Team 2 will have their turn to bat for 90 overs. Can one of the trio of Jack Tector, James Shannon or James McCollum stake a late claim for inclusion in Graham Ford's first Test squad?

DAY ONE SCOREBOARD

Team 1
E Joyce b Kane 9 (11) 2 fours
W Porterfield c Adair b Kane 37 (106) 5 fours
A Balbirnie retired out 100 (163) 20 fours
N O達rien b Hand 17 (10) 1 six two fours
K O達rien b Adair 14 (32) 1 six 1 four
H Tector c McCollum b Dockrell 1 (14)
S Thompson run out 12 (24) 1 four
A McBrine retired out 15 (28)3 fours
S Getakte retired out 9 (21) 2 fours
E Joyce c Adair b Kane 1 (6)
K O達rien b Kane 10 (22) 2 fours
W Porterfield c Terry b Hand 16 (30)
H Tector c Tucker b Kane 0 (3)
S Thompson not out 8 (41) 2 fours
A McBrine not out 19 (31) 3 fours
Extras (2b 10lb 3nb) 15
Total (13 wickets, 90 overs) 286

Did not bat: J Mulder, N Smith

Fall: 1-11 (Joyce 3.4) 2-111 (Porterfield 37.4) 3-141 (N O達rien 41.6) 4-186 (Balbirnie 52.6) 5-186 (K O達rien 53.3) 6-196 (Tector 58.1 overs) 7-201 (Thompson 61.5) 8-223 (McBrine 67.6) 9-223 (Getkate 67.6) 10-225 (Joyce 69.5) 11-238 (K O達rien 75.1 overs) 12-238 (Tector 75.4) 13-256 (Porterfield 81.2 overs)

Bowling: C Young 16-3-31-0 (2nb), T Kane 18-5-54-5, P Chase 9-2-38-0, M Adair 12-4-31-1, F Hand 11-1-61-2, G Dockrell 15-4-45-1, S Singh 9-4-14-0

Team 2: J Tector, J Shannon, J McCollum, J Anderson, S Singh, S Terry, G Dockrell, M Adair, L Tucker, T Kane, C Young, P Chase, F Hand