The my FootDr Queensland Bulls will look to bounce back quickly from their first loss of the season after NSW today claimed a six-wicket victory with a day to spare in their JLT Sheffield Shield clash in at Allan Border Field.

 

Set 128 to win on Wednesday and with rain looming, the ladder-leading Blues cruised to 4-130 early in day three's final session to seal their third-straight Shield win.

 

Daniel Hughes, who struck 98 not out in the first dig, was unbeaten on 23. The Blues lost 4-15 in the middle session including Test stars Steve Smith and David Warner.

 

NSW were cruising at 0-72 when Test opener Warner was caught hooking Luke Feldman for 37 off 41 balls.

 

Then Australian skipper Smith had a brain explosion on nine.

 

Smith inexplicably stepped back to thrash rookie quick Brendan Doggett over the covers, only to be clean bowled.

 

Feldman, who was dangerous throughout the match, removed opener Nic Maddinson (24) and Moises Henriques (five) in quick succession to give the Blues a scare.

 

The experienced quick finished with 3-45.

 

Earlier, NSW quick Sean Abbott (4-65) helped to bowl the Bulls out for 215 after they had resumed their second innings at 5-129.

 

Marnus Labuschagne top scored with 88 and was the last man dismissed.

 

Usman Khawaja all but secured Australia's Test No.3 spot for next week's Ashes opening Test, rescuing Queensland on Tuesday when they were at a perilous 2-5.

 

He hit 51, backing up from his impressive 78 not out in the first innings.

 

Khawaja has made 346 Shield runs this summer at 86.50.

 

The Bulls will look to re-set their campaign quickly ahead of their next Shield match against WA in Perth next week.