Qld make running in Shield final vs NSW

Michael Neser (c) claimed 5-27 as Queensland dominated the first day of the Sheffield Shield final.
Michael Neser (c) claimed 5-27 as Queensland dominated the first day of the Sheffield Shield final.

All eyes may have been on NSW's attack but it was Queensland's bowlers who dominated on the opening day of the Sheffield Shield final in Brisbane.

At stumps on Thursday, the Bulls were in control at 1-58 after the highly fancied visitors were routed for 143 at Allan Border Field.

Test No.3 Marnus Labuschagne was unbeaten on 23 with opener Bryce Street not out 14 after Queensland's former Australian opener Joe Burns was caught behind for 20.

The Blues were favourites to claim back-to-back Shield titles for the first time since 1993-94 despite the Bulls earning hosting rights after finishing on top of the domestic competition.

One look at the Blues star studded line-up indicated why because it is led by Test quicks Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc.

But NSW's trump card is off-spinner Nathan Lyon who had topped the Shield wicket-taking charts with 39 scalps at 25.

Yet it was the Bulls attack that dominated on day one, with Test squad member Micheal Neser claiming 5-27 and new-ball partner Jack Wildermuth chiming in with 4-21.

"It was pleasing not only from my perspective but from the Queensland bowling group - we achieved what we set out to do," Neser said.

"Jack (Wildermuth) has been fantastic for us. You know what you are going to get.

"He is probably the most economical bowler for us and the competition.

"There was a lot of talk about them (NSW bowling attack) but I think we held our own today."

After limping to lunch at 2-54, NSW lost 6-47, including skipper Kurtis Patterson for 43 in the middle session.

At one stage NSW lost 3-8 including Mitchell Starc (four) and Sean Abbott (23) in consecutive balls off Wildermuth.

Neser mopped up the tail in the final session to claim his fifth five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.

While IPL duties have ensured NSW are without Steve Smith, Pat Cummins, David Warner and Moises Henriques, Brisbane is still hosting a Shield final boasting 14 players with international experience.

Queensland are undefeated in their past three clashes at the venue and will be quietly confident of securing Shield title No.9 and first since 2017-18.

However, that will be easier said than done against a quality NSW outfit eyeing off the domestic double after claiming the one-day Cup on Sunday.

The Blues are gunning for their first back-to-back Shield titles since 1993-94 and a record 48th overall crown.

NSW have lost just one of their past 13 games against Queensland, in March 2018.

The final will be decided by the bonus-points system used during the regular season if there is a draw.

Australian Associated Press