Gary Wilson and William Porterfield gave Ireland a solid start in their four-day game against Hong Kong, with John Bracewell's side looking to go top of the Intercontinental Cup table.

Ireland won the toss and chose to bat first, posting a total of 316 all out, with Wilson and Porterfield falling just sort of deserved centuries.

Porterfield and Ed Joyce got things under way with a 53-run opening stand before Joyce went out for 26.

John Anderson (13), Niall O'Brien (14), Paul Stirling (20) and Kevin OBrien (6) came and went after that as Ireland faced trial by spin but the skipper remained defiant before being trapped leg before by Nadeem Ahmed for 88.

Porterfield's knock contained 12 fours and a six and was ended by the defiant left-armer who bowled 26 overs on the trot to finish with figures of 4-73. 

Wilson was still there though, and he and George Dockrell - back in the side after a good performances at Interprovincial level - added 65 for the 7th wicket before Dockrell fell to Tanwir for 32 (6 fours). 

Unfortunately for Surrey batsman Wilson however, he too was to come up just short of his personal milestone - caught behind the wicket off the bowling of Tanwir for 95 (13 fours and a six) - an excellent effort nonetheless. 

A final total of 316 was probably above par on a turning track as far as the home side were concerned but Ireland's cause was aided by a few missed chances from Hong Kong in the field.

Hong Kong had seven overs to negotiate themselves before play ended for the day and negotiate them they did, but only just as George Dockrell could consider himself unfortunate not to claim one lbw verdict with his first delivery.

Play is set to resume on Wednesday at 11am.