After the Queensland fightback which headlined much of the action from Day 3 at the Gabba, attention turned to which side would claim the points on Day 4 with the game appearing to be evenly poised.

The Bulls needed 311 more runs for victory, whilst the Tigers needed 8 more wickets.

With the pitch suffering from its first use of the summer, perhaps the away side had a slight edge if its bowlers could perform as they did in the first innings.

Jackson Bird made this prediction ring true as soon as the sixth ball of the day, and the Tigers didn't look back.

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Bird firstly removed Heazlett, via the hands of Doolan in the slip cordon to get his tail up and then Hemphrey, McSweeney and Wildermuth quickly followed in the quick's next five overs to leave the hosts reeling.

Then when Gabe Bell removed skipper Pierson and their best bowler with the bat, Mark Steketee in the same over, the Tigers were well in amongst the tail this one was as good as done.

Mitchell Swepson and Peter George each provided three overs of resistance each before Queensland were bowled out for just 93 in 29 overs.

The Tigers were able to exact some revenge following last season's Shield final loss to the same opponent in the process of registering this 236 run win to open their red ball summer.

Day 3 - Bulls fight back

Some of the momentum the Tigers built on Day 2 at the Gabba swung back towards the Bulls as the hosts fought back after lunch on Day 3.

After Queensland were bowled out for 148 in the first innings on the back of a timely, 5/35 reminder to national selectors from quick Jackson Bird, the Tigers opted not to enforce the follow-on with their lead at 207.

And in hindsight, perhaps they would wish they'd done so. 

The pitch at the Gabba looked as though it was deteriorating badly from a batting perspective and when the runs dried up, the wickets came for the Bulls including a screamer of a catch at short cover from their debutant Nathan McSweeney to remove George Bailey.

The Tigers battled their way to 132, and a lead of 339, via a second half century for the match for Matthew Wade (51) and as the deck continues to age, perhaps this is a match-winning lead.

The Bulls needed to get to stumps without significant damage done to their batting line-up.

However a second fearsome spell for the match from Jackson Bird and Gabe Bell left them 2/29 heading into the final day, with a crucial first session in store on Friday morning.

Day 2 - Tigers take control

Resuming at 5/257 on Day 2, the Tigers got themselves to a competitive 355 via some small partnerships featuring a fine knock from Matthew Wade (72*) with firstly Simon Milenko (17), Tom Rogers (18) and then Jackson Bird who continued his form with the willow from the JLT Cup into the red ball format with 30 from 21.

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From here, a fearsome spell of bowling was needed to put the Tigers in control. And via Jackson Bird, Gabe Bell and then Sam Rainbird - who each got themselves a wicket by bowling Bulls trio Burns, Truloff and Heazlett respectively, Griffith's men have got themselves ahead of the game.

Queensland steadied from 3/19 to get into the 40s without a further loss before Bird got one to catch the inside edge of Charlie Hemphrey who departed for 17 at the beginning of the final session.

Then on the eve of stumps it looked as though Jack Wildermuth would hang around until the morning but Tom Rogers snuck one through his defence to earn the Tigers their fourth bowled in five dismissals.

At stumps, our hosts are 5/74 and Bulls debutant Nathan McSweeney (24*) and skipper Jimmy Pierson (3*) hold the keys to a revival, whilst the Tigers will be after a couple of early wickets to get themselves well and truly into the bowlers.

Day 1 - Doolan sets platform

A fine century for Alex Doolan has laid a great foundation for the Tigers to build upon in their Sheffield Shield season opener against Queensland today at the Gabba.

The Tigers steadied themselves from a middle order slide of 4/42 to be 5/257 at stumps on Day 1.

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After being sent in by Bulls skipper Jimmy Pierson on what looks to be a green-tinged deck with some showers forecast, Doolan with his opening partner, Jordan Silk, set about putting down a competitive first innings score. 

The Tigers score reached 54 before Silk departed and it was then slow going for a while until after lunch when Beau Webster had bedded himself into the crease that Doolan really got going again. The pair put on 134 before Webster was trapped in front by Steketee for 43.

From there, Doolan set about building on his 9th First Class century which had featured 16 boundaries (15 x 4, 1 x 6) with Jake Doran but this is where the hosts began to fight their way back into the game.

 

 

Doolan flashed a drive at a length ball from George (3/42) which caught the edge and then when Doran - Tasmania's highest run-scorer last season was undone by a yorker from the same bowler, the pressure was on experienced duo George Bailey and Matthew Wade (37*) to rescue the slide.

The pair did a fine job of just that for 14 overs, putting on 35 runs in the process before Bailey (11) departed via a hooping Feldman in-swinger which caught Bailey's outside edge and ended at second slip.