Tasmania has been backed into a corner after Day 2 of its Sheffield Shield clash against Queensland in Hobart, leading by 155 runs at stumps with just 1 wicket remaining in their second innings.
After being bowled out for a seemingly low total of 186 yesterday, the Tigers fought back with the ball to leave Queensland in trouble at 5-79 at stumps on Day 1.
Earlier in the day, Ben McDermott (37) and Tom Rogers (36) were the only Tiger batsmen to pass 30 as the Tasmanian top order failed to fire.
Some late cameos from Sam Rainbird (24) and Jackson Bird (19) pushed the total past 180 as the Bulls has the better of the first two sessions of play on Day 1.
Queensland quick Michael Neser claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in Sheffield Shield cricket to leave Tasmania in a precarious position after their first innings.
But the Tigers were not to be outdone with the ball, Jackson Bird claiming the big wickets of Matthew Renshaw (1) and Joe Burns (11) to have the Bulls in trouble at 2-17.
A run out from Ben McDermott and then late wickets to Sam Rainbird, who snared Usman Khawaja caught behind, and Gabe Bell who trapped Sam Truloff LBW, meant Queensland went to stumps with only half of their wickets intact.
Jimmy Peirson was the first man to depart on Day 2, playing on Sam Rainbird for 14. Jack Wildermuth and Neser were both dismissed with the score on 126, before some late hitting from Mark Steketee and Mitchell Swepson almost got Queensland level with Tasmania’s first innings effort.
Bird (3-41) and Rainbird (3-51) were the chief destroyers for the Tigers, while Tom Rogers claimed two wickets on first-class debut and Gabe Bell collected one.
Memories of Tasmania’s first innings reappeared momentarily when Jake Doran was bowled for his second duck of the match early in the Tigers’ second dig, before Jordan Silk and Alex Doolan steadied the ship to bat through the remainder of the session – Tasmania’s lead extended to 89.
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Silk was the first man to depart after the tea interval, caught in the covers for 44 to give Neser his seventh wicket of the game.
George Bailey was claimed by Neser soon after, playing onto his stumps for a duck.
When Alex Doolan was trapped plumb in front by Luke Feldman for 58, the Tigers middle order collapsed, losing 8-30 in total as the Bulls wrested control back from the hosts in the final session.
The Tigers will be hoping that Rainbird (16*) and Bird (11*) can put together a meaningful last-wicket stand to give themselves a fighting chance heading into today’s play.
The full Tasmania vs Queensland scorecoard is available here.