Rookie myFootDr Queensland Bulls quick Brendan Doggett took a shine to his first bowl at the famed Gabba ground, helping his side fight back against Victoria on a boisterous opening day and night of the JLT Sheffield Shield.

Doggett, who today became the first Indigenous player to represent Queensland since 1982-83, took two wickets in his first two overs in first class cricket, revealing after play it was also the first time he had bowled at the Brisbane Cricket Ground.

On a weather affected evening, the Bulls fought back to have Victoria 3-43 when stumps were drawn at 9.33pm, more than 90 minutes after the scheduled first day close. The visitors lost openers Travis Dean (13) and Marcus Harris (10) plus nightwatchman Peter Siddle (3) cheaply.

Travis Dean Wicket

Test duo Peter Handscomb (7 not out) and Glenn Maxwell (6 no) will be at the crease for Victoria when play resumes tomorrow at 12pm, to allow for the almost two hours of lost time due to Brisbane's storms.

Doggett and allrounder Jack Wildermuth clawed back some of the ascendancy that had sat firmly with Victoria after they dismissed the home side for 166 after Queensland captain Usman Khawaja had won the toss and batted on a green-flecked pitch.

The day had started with a centre wicket gathering of Bulls players past and present to acknowledge the last Sheffield Shield pitch that would be prepared by retiring Gabba curator Kevin Mitchell Junior.

That was quickly followed by a cap presentation to Doggett, with former Queensland quick Dirk Tazelaar proudly handing over the baggy maroon to the Toowoomba product who plays for Tazelaar's old Premier cricket club Wests.

After the early loss of Joe Burns, Matt Renshaw settled before edging to slip for 17.

Khawaja looked very comfortable and hit seven boundaries to reach 40, only to fall to Fawad Ahmed n the shadow of the first break.

That wicket halted all of Queensland's momentum, with their next five wickets going for only 33 runs.

But the Bulls padded out their total courtesy of a career-high first-class score of 29 from spinner Mitch Swepson, which included three boundaries and one six, along with a handy contribution from Luke Feldman (16 not out).

Scott Boland (4-43) and Chris Tremain (4-36) did the brunt of the damage for the visitors while spinner Ahmed bagged two wickets.