A half-century to opener Jordan Silk has helped Tasmania to a steady start in their JLT Sheffield Shield Final against Queensland.
Needing an outright victory to secure the title, the Tigers won the toss and elected to bat first at Allan Border Field on Saturday after play on Day One was abandoned due to a soaked outfield.
At the lunch break, Tasmania were 2-99, with a productive Silk unbeaten on 68 off 117 balls alongside Jake Doran (12 not out).
They lost opener Alex Doolan (2) in just the fifth over but Silk's 58-run partnership with Beau Webster gave them the ascendancy for much of the first session.
Silk looked in fine touch, smacking 10 boundaries, including three in one Brendan Doggett over, on his way to his 12th first-class half-century, which he brought up in just 76 balls.
He survived a huge appeal when Jack Wildermuth appeared to have him trapped plumb in front.
But the Bulls made their breakthrough two deliveries later when Webster was caught behind for 10, leaving the visitors at 2-65.
Wildermuth has taken 1-8 off just six overs. Michael Neser (1-30) claimed Queensland's other wicket.
Queensland made one change to their XI that recorded a come-from-behind win against NSW in Wollongong last week, with paceman Luke Feldman recalled at the expense of Mark Steketee.
The Tigers, in the decider for the first time since their 2013 triumph (with a miserable few years in between), have named an unchanged XI featuring a five-man pace attack.
A combination of the swinging Dukes ball, a pitch that is already sporting a few cracks and the respective sides' attacking approaches looks to make for exciting viewing over the coming four days.
Queensland, by virtue of finishing as the runaway leaders of the Shield standings, only need to draw the five-day final to claim the title.
Tasmania need to chase the win as the lower ranked team, and Bailey is confident his side can do it.
"All year we've been great at taking 20 wickets, that's the only way you can win a game," the former Test batsman told reporters on match eve.
"That's given our batting group confidence that if we can hang in the game for long enough, even if you are in a bit of trouble, if you can scrap together another 50, 100 runs - then our bowling group is always going to keep us in it."
Rookie skipper Peirson says his side won't be overawed by the occasion.
"I never thought this time last year that I'd be playing in a Shield Final let alone captaining in one," the 25-year-old admitted.
"We're a very young group, we're pretty free-flowing in the way we play – the moment isn't going to get to us.
"We've got a couple of older heads as well who have played in Shield finals before, so we’re raring to go."
Bailey's men made the final thanks to a comprehensive final-round win over three-time reigning champions Victoria in Hobart last week in what was effectively a semi-final.
DAY ONE REPORT:
Queensland coach Wade Seccombe admits the abandoned opening day of the JLT Sheffield Shield final at Allan Border Field is "not a good look for cricket" and further proof the ground is in desperate need of an upgrade.
Despite strong sunshine bearing down on Allan Border Field for almost the entirety of the afternoon, umpires Sam Nogajski and Gerard Abood made the decision to call play off at 3pm due to an unsafe outfield.
While the pitch looked in good shape for the five-day clash, the field of play and the bowlers’ run-ups in particular remained wet, with the best efforts of groundstaff tirelessly driving 'super soppers' making little impact.
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