After the "marn of the moment', Test batting whiz Marnus Labuschagne had stood tall on the opening day with a dazzling century, leg-spinner Mitch Swepson rebounded from a savage counter-attack to keep Queensland in the hunt against NSW at stumps on day 2.
Swepson's 4-92 helped contain NSW to 7-269 in reply to the Bulls 298.
NSW made a solid start before allrounder Jack Wildermuth gained the breakthrough to remove Nick Larkin. Plenty of Blues batsmen got starts but aside from the improved Sean Abbott (66) and evergreen wicket-keeper Peter Nevil (54no), none went on with their start to post a big score like Labuschagne did yesterday.
The Bulls batting linchpin continued his bright start to the season, scoring his second Shield ton in a row as he and Redlands teammate Jimmy Peirson (62) took the ascendency in the final session of the opening day.
NSW won the toss and elected to have first use of Adelaide’s Karen Rolton Oval, It paid early dividends, with openers Bryce Street (22 from 65) and Joe Burns (29 from 87) unable to deliver on promising starts.
And when captain Usman Khawaja and Matt Renshaw both fell cheaply, on four and eight respectively, the Bulls were wavering at 4-115.
But Labuschagne, batting exceptionally patiently, weathered the storm before opening up and reaching his century with a pair of reverse sweeps. The innings comes on the back of a magnificent 167 against Tasmania in Queensland's opening win of the season,