James McCollum led the way with a battling 76, while Mark Adair claimed three quick top-order wickets on Day One of the Ireland Wolves v Sri Lanka four-day match at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.

Winning the toss, Wolves Captain Harry Tector elected to bat first, however the side struggled to put together vital partnerships amongst the top-order and the Wolves soon found themselves 62-6 in the 17th over.

Only opener James McCollum stood tall and compiled a vital 76 from 108 balls, including ten boundaries.

A late 50-run partnership with Neil Rock (28 runs) helped pushed the Wolves total towards the 150-run mark, however the side were bowled out for 153 in the 46th over.

In response, Sri Lanka A started well but soon lost four wickets in quick succession around the tea break, and were at a precarious 46-4 after 15 overs – Mark Adair the main destroyer claiming three of the wickets, all caught behind by wicket-keeper Lorcan Tucker.

With the Wolves in the hunt, Sri Lanka A then put on an unbroken 139-run stand between Milinda Siriwardana (73*) and Kamindu Mendis (64*) to end the day on 185-4.

After play, James McCollum said: "We didn't have much of an idea what their bowling would be like so we assessed the conditions and the bowlers in front of us. To be honest, the deck actually played very well, especially against pace as there wasn't much in it.

“Always when you get off to a dodgy start you're trying to just kind of consolidate. I find with subcontinent conditions, especially with how there spinners are, if you're not looking to score you'll find a way of getting out. It was very much a case of trying to stay positive and stay out there as long as possible.”

About his 50-run stand with Neil Rock: “Pebs [Neil Rock] and I had a really good conversation is just about what the bowlers were trying to do. At the time we were five or six down, so it was really a case of trying to stay out as long as possible but also trying to score off balls that were favourable in our areas. So it was a good partnership, but obviously we would have liked to extend that to try and get up over 200 but, look, it's a learning experience every day we're here. There's a lot of guys who haven't spent much time out in subcontinent conditions so it's very much a learning experience.

“[The batting camp in Bangalore] was absolutely great - it was my first time in India. It was basically ten days of facing spin for four hours a day. It gave me a great idea of what to expect over here. I feel very prepared for what we're going to get. Fordie [Graham Ford] and Ben Smith were very good with us over there and gave us a good indication of what to expect."

SUMMARY SCORE Day 1 close of play

Ireland Wolves 153 (45.2 overs; J McCollum 76, N Rock 28; L Ambuldeniya 4-46, M Shiraz 4-47)

Sri Lanka A 185-4 (42 overs; T Siriwardana 73*, P Mendis 64*; M Adair 3-34)

Full scorecard

Sri Lanka A Vs Ireland Wolves
2-Innings Match Played At Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo, 06-Jan-2019, First-Class

Toss won by Ireland Wolves
Umpires Hemantha Boteju - Deepal Gunawardene - Ravinda Kottahachchi
Umpire notes Match referee: Wendell Labrooy
Home Side Sri Lanka A
Comment 4-day match
Close
Day 1 - Sat 5 Jan - Sri Lanka 1st inns 185-4 (42 ov. Siriwarana 73*, Mendis 64*)

Ireland Wolves 1st Innings 153/10 All Out (Overs 45.2)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
ST Doheny c TAM Siriwardana b M Shiraz 7 16 1 0
J McCollum   b L Ambuldeniya 76 108 10 0
AP Gillespie lbw b M Shiraz 2 6 0 0
JNK Shannon   b M Shiraz 0 3 0 0
HT Tector*   b KN Peiris 0 10 0 0
L Tucker+ lbw b KN Peiris 0 2 0 0
MR Adair c DM Sarathchandra b L Ambuldeniya 11 9 1 1
NA Rock c BOP Fernando b M Shiraz 28 64 4 0
J Little   b L Ambuldeniya 5 21 1 0
JJ Garth c KN Peiris b L Ambuldeniya 10 30 2 0
J Cameron-Dow not out   7 10 1 0
extras   (b0 lb1 w1 nb5) 7      
TOTAL   10 wickets for 153      
FOW
1-10(ST Doheny) 2-20(AP Gillespie) 3-21(JNK Shannon) 4-41(HT Tector) 5-41(L Tucker)
6-62(MR Adair) 7-112(NA Rock) 8-129(J Little) 9-136(J McCollum) 10-153(JJ Garth)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
NT Gamage 6 1 20 0 - -
M Shiraz 13 1 47 4 1 5
L Ambuldeniya 13.2 1 46 4 - -
KN Peiris 11 0 30 2 - -
SMA Priyanjan 2 0 9 0 - -

Sri Lanka A 1st Innings 185/4 (Overs 42)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
RAP Nissanka   b J Cameron-Dow 11 41 2 0
WIA Fernando c L Tucker b MR Adair 20 31 4 0
SMA Priyanjan* c L Tucker b MR Adair 6 6 1 0
AK Perera c L Tucker b MR Adair 4 8 1 0
TAM Siriwardana not out   73 79 9 0
PHKD Mendis not out   64 90 10 4
extras   (b4 lb0 w0 nb3) 7      
TOTAL   4 wickets for 185      
FOW
1-32(WIA Fernando) 2-42(SMA Priyanjan) 3-42(RAP Nissanka) 4-46(AK Perera)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
J Little 7 1 38 0 - -
J Cameron-Dow 14 2 55 1 - 1
MR Adair 9 2 34 3 - 2
JJ Garth 3 0 16 0 - -
HT Tector 4 0 21 0 - -
JNK Shannon 5 0 17 0 - -