Two centuries, a record partnership, 609 runs scored and a historic first win for Munster in the Interprovincial Cup were the highlights from an entertaining day at Stormont.

Murray Commins and Jack Carty added 220 for the second wicket as Munster made 309 for 4, with late runs for Matt Ford (26*) and Fionn Hand (25).

South African Commins top scored with 125 at even time, striking 13 fours and two sixes, while like London buses, the ball after he was run out, Carty was bowled, falling three runs short of a deserved hundred.

Murray Commins

There's no doubt the Knights badly missed the wicket taking threat and variety of leg-spinner Ben White through illness, as their attack looked one-dimensional and non-threatening on a flat Stormont track.

'I'm playing all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order'.

The famous Morecambe and Wise sketch with Andre Previn comes to mind when looking at the Knights batting order.

They bat right the way down, but often leave it too late by the time the power hitters appear.

If Paul Stirling fires up top then it isn't an issue, but he understandably seems to be lacking motivation having returned from Lord's. It will take him a while to adjust to life back on the farm.

He, James McCollum and Jeremy Lawlor (21) went in the first ten overs, and at 49 for 3, a rebuilding job was required.

Luke Georgeson and skipper Harry Tector (57) did just that with a fourth wicket stand of 133, but as the required rate climbed, scoreboard pressure told.

Neil Rock hit a breezy 36 from 25 balls, adding 63 in eight overs with Georgeson, before being bowled by the impressive Aaron Cawley (3-60).

Georgeson top scored with 128 from 118 balls (11 fours, 3 sixes) before perishing in the penultimate over, the third of Josh Manley's victims.

Luke Georgeson

In the end Munster held their nerve as the Knights finished nine runs adrift on 300 for 8.

The next scheduled interprovincial action is the third T20 Festival in the NCU in September, but plans are in place to have an additional T20 Festival.

The Future Interprovincial Series continues on Thursday as the Emerging Warriors play Emerging Knights, while Munster Heat take on Lightning Bolts.

InterProvincial Cup,

At Stormont, Munster Reds beat MTB Northern Knights by 9 runs

Munster Reds 309-4 (50 overs; M Commins 125, J Carty 97, M Ford 26*, F Hand 25)

MTB Northern Knights 300-8 (50 overs; L Georgeson 128, H Tector 57, N Rock 36, J Lawlor 21, P Stirling 20; J Manley 3-51, A Cawley 3-60, M Frost 2-52)