A wicket with the last ball completed another satisfying day in Sri Lanka for the Ireland Wolves who take a lead of 409 into the second half of the four-day game.
Overnight batsmen Lorcan Tucker and Neil Rock took their fifth wicket partnership to 163 and, although both were dismissed in the 80s, JJ Garth and James Cameron-Dow put on another century stand for the eighth wicket with JCD 76 not out when Wolves declared on 508-8.
Craig Young, in his first match of the tour and desperate to add to his 43 senior caps, then took two early wickets and Garth claimed his maiden first-class victim, Sri Lanka A captain Ashan Priyanjan, to leave the hosts under pressure on 99-3 at the close.
It was only the sixth time any Irish side has posted 500 and although it was the first time in those matches that no-one had scored a century, the batsman proved they have the discipline and patience to play four-day cricket which will be invaluable moving forward if they break into the Test team.
Admittedly Mark Adairís 32 came off 38 balls and Cameron-Dow faced only 95 deliveries but they were able to play with more aggression with Rock (198 balls) and Garth (85 balls) at the other end.