The myFootDr Queensland Bulls hopes of securing a place in the Sheffield Shield Final remain alive after closing out a thumping innings and 172-run win over Tasmania today in Hobart.

The win temporarily moves the Bulls into second place on the Shield ladder, however with two games remaining to be played out this round, Queensland could drop out of the top two if New South Wales, Western Australia or South Australia win.

Queensland made light work of taking the 10-wickets they required for victory today, with eight falling before lunch, and the remaining two shortly after the break to have the hosts out for 115 to go with their 150 in the first innings. Cameron Gannon and Peter George took three scalps each, with two going to Luke Feldman, and one each to Ben Cutting and Jack Wildermuth. Allrounder Wildermuth capped off a fine game after scoring his second Shield ton and taking three wickets for the match.

The Bulls next face the ladder leading Victorian Bushrangers at Allan Border Field starting next Thursday the 16th of March, where a win will likely be needed to secure a final berth. The top two placed teams face off in the decider, with the top side to host.

Such is the closeness of the Shield season, South Australia, New South Wales and Western Australia all seem a chance of finishing in the top two, while Victoria could secure top spot of they defeat WA in their current match.