Allrounders Jack Wildermuth and Michael Neser delivered the ideal outcome for the my FootDr Queensland Bulls at the Gabba tonight as they wrapped up an outright win over defending champions Victoria to open their JLT Sheffield Shield campaign in style.
The Bushrangers were bowled out for 219, delivering a 110-run outright victory to the Bulls.
Captain Usman Khawaja was the only batsman to master a challenging pitch in the testing day/night conditions, with his century today setting the Bulls on the path to victory.
The Bulls finished with 311 after Khawaja registered his fifth century for Queensland and 21st overall to score 122 and be the last player dismissed in the innings.
He finished with 162 runs for the match, easily the biggest haul by a batsman as the pace bowlers largely ran riot.
Wildermuth claimed 4-41 from 15 overs, breaking key partnerships along the way, to take five wickets for the match, a feat emulated by debutant Brendan Doggett who also took five for the game.
Neser again demonstrated his value to the team, sparking the top order collapse earlier this afternoon that put Queensland on track for maximum points.
He clean-bowled opener Travis Dean (28) then did brilliantly to track and then catch a lofted pull shot at fine leg from first drop Glenn Maxwell (20) off Wildermuth's bowling.
Neser then claimed Aaron Finch for a golden duck and finished with figures of 3-47 off 15 overs, including four maidens.
The Bushrangers did not give up without a battle, and mounted a stubborn resistance after losing their first five wickets for just 77 runs.
For a while it looked as if they had wrested the momentum thanks to crucial knocks from skipper Peter Handscomb (34), Dan Christian (39) and Chris Tremain (47) in a nail-biting final session under lights.
But Handscomb and Christian were dismissed lbw - by Michael Neser and Jack Wildermuth, respectively - as Queensland broke up the two key partnerships and exposed a vulnerable tail.
Debutant Brendan Doggett removed Tremain, the final obstacle, who holed out to Luke Feldman at midwicket.
The Bulls will now regroup ahead of next week’s away trip to Tasmania where they take on the Tigers at Blundstone Arena.