Sent in to bowl by Queensland skipper Usman Khawaja Tasmania got away to the worst possible start.
Jordan Silk on the return from injury and captaining Tasmania for the first time in the Sheffield Shield was out LBW to the third ball of the innings LBW to Steketee for no score.
Beau Webster was out of the third ball of third over of the day also LBW to Steketee for a duck, Tasmania was 2 for 2. It got worse when George Bailey was LBW to Sketetee again for 2.
Ben McDermott and Alex Doolan nursed the score to 39 before McDermott edged a ball from Wildermuth to the Queensland keeper Jimmy Pierson. Tasmania was 4 for 39.
Mac Wright on his shield debut came in to the most difficult initiation imaginable. He looked at home until he edged a near perfect leg cutter from Steketee to the keeper and was out for 7.
The lunch score was 5 for 61 and with Doolan (26) and Doran (2) at the crease a recovery seemed possible.
Doolan was out LBW to Gannon in the first over after lunch not offering a shot for 34. The innings fell away from there. Doran did his best to build a competitive total and was last man out for 32. Despite the conditions the final total of 107 looked distinctly sub - par. Mark Steketee finished with the exceptional figures of 5 for 19 from 14 overs. He was well supported by the other Queensland quicks and a near flawless fielding performance.
Tasmania roared back in to the contest through some excellent bowling from Jackson Bird and Gabe Bell and reduced Queensland’s reply to 3 for 11. Usman Khawaja was dropped by Alex Doolan at third slip when he was on two but quite remarkably was caught the very next ball at second slip by Beau Webster off the bowling of Bird.
A steadying partnership of 62 for the third wicket between Sam Heazlett and Bryce Street calmed things down. Street was the only wicket to fall after tea caught behind off Bird for a well made 30 off 136 balls. Heazlett is not out 54 at stumps and Jack Wildermuth is on 8. The pair has added a handy 26 runs for the 5th wicket so far.
Queensland at stumps is 4 for 98 in response to Tasmania’s first innings of 107. Jackson Bird has 3 for 26 off 17 overs, Gabe Bell is the other wicket taker with 1 for 20 off 13 overs so far…
The Tigers were bowled out twice in two days and were defeated by 10 wickets on Saturday. It was not a day Tasmanian cricket fans will remember fondly.
Batting for a second time after conceding a first innings deficit of 133 the Tigers were bowled out for 150. George Bailey played the only innings of substance, showing his less experienced colleagues the value of patience and judicious shot selection. He was out for 82, not far from what have been a well-deserved and memorable century.
Queensland really got away from Tasmania in the long pre-lunch session. Resuming on 4 for 98 the Bulls were all out for 240. Sam Heazlett top scored with 135, his highest first class score. His innings included 20 fours and one six and proved that scoring runs was possible on the green and bouncy surface. Heazlett was dropped a couple of times along the way, they were tough chances but Tasmania’s out cricket generally and in the hour before lunch particularly was below the standard we have come to expect.
Heazlett and Mitch Swepson (37 from 36 balls) put on 54 for the 9th wicket. A partnership that really wounded Tasmania’s chances of getting back into the game.
Jackson Bird with 3 for 55 was once again the pick of the bowlers.
Mark Steketee with hauls of 4 for 35 and 5 for 19 was the standout in a bowler’s game. It was a dead heat between he and Heazlett for the man of the match award.
Tasmania has one win from five matches in the Sheffield Shield. The Tigers need to bounce back quickly before the game with South Australia that starts at Blundstone Arena on Saturday.