It was very much a case of honours even after the first day of Ireland's U17 two-day game against Worcestershire Academy at Stourbridge.
A quite brilliant 151 from the home side's Charles Clist put Worcestershire in a commanding position before the Irish fought back.
Clist - a product of the Millfield school, where ex Ireland High Performance Manager Mark Garaway is the cricket coach - showed why he is attracting the interest of the counties, hitting 17 fours and 4 sixes in his 159-ball innings.
He shared stands of 90 with Jughar Johal (30) and 59 with Januja (30) before the home side declared on 252 for 8.
Gavin Hoey took 3 for 25, while there were two wickets for JJ Garth, and one each for Gregory McFaul, Mitchell Thompson, and James Hunter.
The Irish reply started strongly, spearheaded by Coleraine left-hander Marcus Poskitt.
Poskitt top scored with 75, hitting 8 fours and 3 sixes as he and Instonians' Ollie Metcalfe (36) added 98 for the first wicket.
YMCA prodigy Mitchell Thompson (32) and Railway Union starlet Alex Stiles (31) led the Irish to 194 for 2, before a late batting collapse in the search for quick runs brought the hosts back into the game.
Jujhar Johal took 5 for 34, including skipper Neil Rock (18) as the Irish lost five wickets for 41 to finish the day 17 runs adrift on 235 for 7.
Play continues on Tuesday at 11am.
Wednesday is a rest day, while the teams will play a 50-over match on Thursday, before two T20 games on Friday.
DAY 1 SCORECARD