Corey Anderson hadn't played a first class match with Daniel Flynn for Northern Districts before but the pair are certainly well acquainted with one another now.
Yesterday the duo re-wrote the province's record books in the Plunket Shield match against Otago in Hamilton, as they both scored big hundreds and batted the defending champions into a hugely dominant position heading into today's final day.
Anderson (167) struck his maiden domestic century, while Flynn (182) now has the most first class centuries for the province.
ND resumed on 120-2 and lost James Marshall early, before the pair shared in a massive 283-run partnership for the fourth wicket, batting together for 66.5 overs to get ND to a huge 533-6 declared and set the Volts 440 to win.
The partnership is now ND's highest fourth wicket stand - as they bumped their coach Grant Bradburn down the honours board - and is also ND's highest for any wicket against Otago.
The stroke play from both left-handers was sublime, as they went about their business in great style, with their cover driving and cut shots the most profitable.
And their knocks were nigh-on chanceless, on a pitch that was tough for the bowlers but had good pace and a bit in it if the ball was put in the right areas.
Knights opening bowler Jimmy Baker proved that as he got rid of Hamish Rutherford and Aaron Redmond before stumps to leave the Volts reeling at 12-2.
Flynn's ton was his 12th at first class level and 11th for the Knights, surpassing Graeme Hick's 10.
The 27-year-old spent 355 minutes at the crease, hitting 17 fours and six sixes.
He began aggressively, slashing at any width on offer and, after surviving a shout for lbw on 99, he cut Jimmy Neesham's next delivery for a single to bring up three figures. His first six brought up his 150.
Flynn said the time in the middle is key ahead of linking up with the Black Caps test side in Sri Lanka.
"Obviously, it's good to start the season off like that with a big hundred but also, the partnership with Corey was pretty crucial and to be there to see him get his first hundred was pretty awesome," Flynn said.
"With the way Corey was hitting the ball, it's easy to get a little bit ahead of yourself but he's got a pretty mature head on those shoulders and you saw that today with that knock."
Flynn said setting ND partnership records were things to savour and he was well aware of the record for most centuries.
"Yeah, definitely, it's something I've had an eye on for a little while now and it's great to achieve," he said. "Hopefully, I can kick on and score a few more."
Anderson faced 215 balls in his 270-minute stay and hit 28 fours.
The 21-year-old brought up his hundred with a cover drive off Neesham and his 150 with a late cut to the boundary.
At 16, Anderson was the youngest cricketer to earn a domestic contract, with Canterbury, and has been touted for a while as a future star.
"It's been, I guess, a while coming, so to have that today and put a big one on with Flynny, it's pretty special," he said of his first century.
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