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Bulls on top after ugly Tassie capitulation

Queensland has cruised to 0-36 at tea after routing Tasmania for just 78 on the opening day of their Sheffield Shield clash on a Gabba green top on Friday.

Test opener Joe Burns looked untroubled as he thrashed four boundaries to be unbeaten on 23 off just 35 balls with Bryce Street not out on seven.

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In contrast, Tasmania had no answers with the bat on a lively Brisbane deck.

Resuming after lunch on day one at 5-47, the Tigers were promptly bowled out for their third lowest Shield total in 37.2 overs.

Fringe Test seamer Neser was the chief destroyer, finishing with an impressive 4-18 off 12 overs.

He was well supported by all-rounder Jack Wildermuth (3-17 off 10) while Mark Steketee (2-13) helped mop up the tail.

Extras was the top scorer for the visitors with 31 after just one batsman made double figures – No.3 Charlie Wakim (11 off 50 balls).

It was Tasmania’s worst innings rout since being dismissed for 63 by Western Australia in 2017 and 76 by NSW in 1992.

The signs were ominous for Tasmania after they lost the toss and Neser trapped Jordan Silk in front with just the fourth ball of the day.

Queenslands bowler Cameron Gannon celebrates the wicket of Charlie Wakim, who was Tasmania’s highest scorer with 11. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

They looked in trouble at 5-47 when lunch was mercifully called after Test skipper Tim Paine was spectacularly caught at short mid-wicket by Bryce Street off Neser who at one stage boasted figures of 4-5.

Yet worse was to come.

At one stage Tasmania lost 3-0 and 6-24 overall before Simon Milenko (nine off 20) tried to dig in but it was to no avail as the Bulls attack ran amok.

The third placed Bulls (3-1-2 win-draw-loss record) will now look to push their advantage with the bat despite being without Matthew Renshaw.

The ex-Test opener is taking a break from cricket after being dropped for the Tigers clash following a lean run of form.

However, the Queensland line-up still features Burns, Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne.

Originally published asBulls on top after ugly Tassie capitulation

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