New South Wales have struck back with the ball on day two of the Sheffield Shield match against Queensland, whose batsman continued to struggle with the conditions at the Gabba.
Resuming at 4-67 in reply to NSW’s first innings of 150, Queensland ground their way to 7-124 at lunch.
NSW bowlers made the most of the Dukes ball on the green-tinged pitch, restricting the hosts to a scoring rate of just under two runs an over.
Queensland lost key man Charlie Hemphrey for 34 – the highest score of the match to date.
Hemphrey added just five to his overnight tally before he was bowled by an inswinging Sean Abbott (2-45) delivery.
Paceman Harry Conway (2-24) then removed Natham McSweeney (15) and Michael Neser for a first-ball duck to be on a hat-trick.
Captain Jimmy Peirson batted impressively for 30 not out and remains Queensland’s last hope of building a significant lead.
Day one was highlighted by Queensland fast bowler Luke Feldman who returned 5-20 from 11 overs.
Defeat for Queensland against the second-placed NSW would all but end their Shield campaign with only two rounds to play.