The myFootDr Queensland Bulls will count on returning serve tomorrow on the second day of their JLT Sheffield Shield clash against Tasmania at the Gabba in the wake of a see-sawing resumption of their first class season today.
In a day where ball and bat swapped ascendancy, the Bulls twice lost 3-0 in their innings, finishing with a competitive score of 255 thanks to some clean hitting from the lower order, led by a career highest score of 47 from Luke Feldman.
The Tigers looked comfortable initially, but had lost both openers by stumps as they reached 2-60 to trail by 195 runs on the first innings.
The home side made the most of a relatively composed morning session, with debutant opener Lachy Pfeffer and Test hopeful Matt Renshaw putting on a stand of 90.
Renshaw batted confidently to pass 50 for the second time this season, but was unfortunately dismissed on the stroke of lunch for 56 from 91 balls.
Pfeffer, who was presented with his baggy maroon today by former Queensland 'keeper & Valley DCC club mate Peter Drinnen, was solid upon the resumption, but his dismissal for a patient 36 precipitated a Queensland collapse as they slumped from 2-119 to 4-119.
The loss of Sam Heazlett shortly after saw Queensland reeling at 5-124. The middle session was almost all Tasmania, as their pace attack began to get the older Dukes ball to swing significantly and pose serious questions of the Bulls remaining batsmen.
Jack Wildermuth followed and the home side was in trouble at 6-143 before captain Jimmy Peirson and allrounder Michael Neser mounted some resistance.
The pair got through to tea to be 6-169, but the start of the third session saw Queensland again lose wickets in a flurry, losing 3-0 to crash to 9-183 before Feldman and Mitch Swepson counter-punched to put on 72 for the final wicket.
Queensland was also helped by 27 sundries, as the Tigers attack struggled at times with their accuracy and over-stepping.
Tasmania started brightly in the chase, but lost rookie opener Beau Webster, who had earlier taken 4 catches for the visitors in the slips, and then the dangerous Alex Doolan prior to stumps.