JAMES McCOLLUM led the way with 72 and three team-mates also made half-centuries as the Ireland Wolves powered to 286-4 on the opening day of their tour match against hosts Sri Lanka A in Hambantota.

In-form opener McCollum, who is odds on to make his Test debut against Afghanistan in March, showed no ill-effects of the blow to the head that he received in the first game of the series last week as he struck seven boundaries in a 105-ball innings.

A small flurry of wickets after lunch, including McCollum and Stephen Doheny, who hit six fours and a six in his 58, saw the Wolves wobbling on 158-4 before Pembroke wicketkeeper batsman Lorcan Tucker steadied the ship with 61 not out.

Tucker and Neil Rock added an unbeaten 128 for the fifth wicket leaving the hosts rueing their decision to bowl first as the Wolves look to draw level in the series of four-day matches.