An unbroken eighth wicket stand of 136 between teenager Graham Kennedy (pictured) and Graham Hume has restored parity after the first day of the Championship game between the Knights and Warriors at Comber.
On a largely attritional day of cricket, the pair came together at 98 for 7 in the 64th over of the day after 17 year-old debutant Kyle Magee's obdurate vigil of 26 in 110 balls had been ended by Harry Tector's third wicket of the day.
However the tempo of the game changed and the pair were still there 40.4 overs later, with the scoreboard reading 234 for 7, and the Warriors mood greatly enhanced.
Kennedy struck 10 boundaries in his unbeaten 73 from 176 balls - his highest first-class score, while Coleraine's South African overseas all-rounder Graham Hume hit 7 fours in his unbeaten 54.
Earlier, Tector's three wickets, two from debutant Matthew Foster and one apiece from Shane Getkate and Graeme McCarter - who removed Ireland captain William Porterfield for just 3 - had the Knights in the ascendancy as the rate struggled to get above 1.5 for the first two thirds of the day.
With the weather forecast indifferent for the remaining two days, a draw looks the likely outcome, but the Warriors rearguard means they have given themselves a very good chance of avoiding defeat as they start their Championship defence.
Play at Comber is scheduled to resume on Wednesday at 11am.
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