Four wickets in the final hour of the first day gave the Irish bowlers some reward for their battling endeavours as they looked to square the four-day series.

It's been a tough tour for the Emerging Ireland quad who have been well behind their West Indies hosts for the majority of the matches.

Winning the toss and bowling first, CSNI seamer Matthew Foster (2-90) got them off to a flying start with a wicket in the first over of the day.

The Irish seamers kept a tight grip on the scoring rate and got their reward when Liam McCarthy (1-40) struck in the final over before lunch.

Tom Mayes (3-62) removed Matthew Nandu (35) shortly after lunch and at 66 for 3, Pete Johnston's side will have been well pleased with their efforts.

Left-arm spinner Mike Frost (2-71) accounted for Kevin Wickham ending a stand of 45, and at tea the match was again evenly poised at 135 for 4 in 55 overs.

Kevlon Anderson and Nyeem Young though upped the pace in the final session with a fifth wicket partnership of 133 to give the hosts the advantage.

Young thumped 7 fours and 5 sixes in a hard-hit 80, taking advantage of a tiring bowling unit as fitth bowler Scott Macbeth could only contribute four overs having been targetted for some serious punishment.

Frost ended the stand, and that brough some respite with a further three wickets as the shadows lengthened.

One of those was the dangerous Joshua Bishop (22) - who had bludgeoned a century last week, and the Irish were certainly delighted to get his scalp.

Kevlon Anderson celebrates his century: West Indies Cricket

Anderson (101*) completed his century before the close (14 fours), but he is running out of partners with Foster getting the eighth wickets in the last over of the day just after the 300 was brought up.

Ireland will be hoping to wrap up the innings quickly, before they attempt to improve on their batting efforts on the trip thus far.

The second day gets underway on Sunday at 2pm (Irish time).