Quiney century gives Victoria handy lead
Queensland 245 and 1 for 6 trail Victoria 353 (Quiney 127, Rogers 51, Noffke 3-72, Harris 3-83) by 102 runs
Rob Quiney's maiden first-class century gave Victoria a useful advantage at the Gabba, where their lower order caused major frustration for Queensland. The final three pairs added 153 after the Bulls troubled the middle order and looked a chance to take first-innings points.
The Bushrangers were 7 for 200 when Damien Wright top-edged an attempted pull off Ryan Harris and the tail had some work to do. But Quiney combined with the No. 9 Clint McKay for a 69-run stand that pushed them past Queensland's total, and then with the No. 11 Dirk Nannes for a 79-run partnership that allowed Quiney to reach triple figures and finish on 127.
It meant a 108-run advantage for Victoria, who made immediate inroads in Queensland's second innings when Ryan Broad was lbw to Nannes without scoring. At stumps the Bulls were 1 for 6 with James Hopes having scored all the runs and Chris Simpson yet to get off the mark.
Queensland's bowlers had shown similar spark late on the first day when they reduced Victoria to 2 for 18 but Chris Rogers and an aggressive David Hussey (39) led the recovery on the second morning. Rogers finished with 51, his second half-century in two Sheffield Shield outings for his new state, before becoming one of three victims for Harris.
McKay was the third and final wicket for Ashley Noffke, but not before he had made a career-best 34. The star of the late resistance was Quiney, who has settled into the No. 6 position having opened at times last season. Quiney had some nervous moments on 99 when Nannes had to face out nearly two full overs, but he reached his milestone with a single clipped through midwicket.