The myFootDr Queensland Bulls are set to lock in Allan Border Field as the venue for next week's JLT Sheffield Shield Final in the wake of the last round of the competition getting underway yesterday.
Queensland could know as early as today that their hosting status is confirmed, with Tasmania and Victoria fighting for the right to meet the Bulls in the decider.
The opening day of the round saw a near-century to Joe Burns lift Queensland to 243 against NSW at Wollongong, with the 0.43 batting bonus points taking their current total to 48.3.
Tasmania, which resume this morning at 7-304, added 1.04 points to lift them to 40.33 while Victoria claimed 0.7 points to move to 39.8.
Points will again be accumulated today for all teams, with Queensland looking to further extend their lead by taking early wickets with NSW 0-41 at stumps.
The Bulls were buoyed yesterday by the successful return of Burns after a two-month absence with a groin injury.
The experienced batsman anchored the innings as wickets fell at regular intervals.
Aside from Burns, allrounder Michael Neser (55) was the only other Queensland batsman to pass 20.
There was a rare failure for in-form Matthew Renshaw, who was bowled off an inside edge by reliable NSW paceman Trent Copeland for eight, having scored centuries in his past three matches.
He was the first of five dismissals for Copeland, who celebrated his 32nd birthday with the haul for the Blues.