Myheart delivered the breakthrough straight away on the third morning, and Johnston nicked him behind in his first over of the day. Two overs later the quick had Murtagh caught in the gully, and for his first ball to Dockrell took an easy return catch. Myheart claimed figures of 3-44, and his team a lead of 119.
Neil Pickup failed to capitalise on the platform, becoming the first dismissed again, this time for 2. Moody announced his arrival at the crease with a second ball six, but the Irish were able to fight back with further new ball wickets. After Murtagh dismissed both opening batsmen to leave the visitors on 26/2, Dong came on at first change and in in first over sent back Moody for 15. England were reeling, but Wood and Robertson managed to make it to the lunch break without further damage.
A disappointed Wood edged Dockrell to slip for 44 towards the mid point of the afternoon, but the partnership had reached 78 and the lead was up to defendable at 230, with six wickets still remaining. Robertson failed to keep the Irish out of it, foolishly run out for 43, and the hosts still had it all to play for going into the final session, with England effectively 284/5.
Ardley and Deen saw to it that that wouldn't happen, notching up fifties and extending the lead past 350 with some belligerent strokeplay. Ardley fell for 75 late in the day - Murtagh taking his third wicket with the new ball - but by then the damage had been done. Stumps came with the score on 279/5, an imposing lead of 398.