Final warm-up ends in draw after Victoria's 806
Queensland have four days of relief before running into Victoria again and they will look for revenge in the final after the hosts waited until 8 for 806 before declaring on the final day. The Bulls will try to forget this match after learning of their second-placed finish with Tasmania's draw with South Australia in Adelaide, a result which sealed their progress to the Junction Oval decider on Friday.
The Bushrangers, who have not given up a point this summer, finally closed their first innings in the second session with the seventh-highest total in the competition's history. Queensland's batsmen showed some steel by reaching 1 for 187 at stumps, with Ryan Broad warming up with 100 not out and Martin Love chipping in with 77.
The teams have been involved in a tit-for-tat battle over big scores for the past five years, with Queensland's 6 for 900 declared in the 2005-06 final a response to Victoria's 710 in the 2003-04 decider. It is unlikely the home side's aim will alter from Friday.
Cameron White started the day on 96 and brought up his hundred, but Victoria continued batting to eliminate Queensland's hopes of an early declaration. White went on to reach 124 before he was taken by Chris Simpson, who later caught John Hastings (4) off his own bowling.
In between those breakthroughs the wicketkeeper Matthew Wade got settled and he was the fourth Victorian to reach three figures after the score had already ticked to 800. It was Wade's second century in consecutive matches and he was called in by White after raising his bat. Brad Hodge's 261 led the punishment over the past three days along with Chris Rogers' 123.
The Bulls have some weary bowlers after their loads were increased by Chris Swan's groin injury and their attempt to protect James Hopes ahead of the final. Ben Laughlin's 2 for 223 came from 55 overs, Simpson delivered 65 in his 4 for 194 and Nathan Rimmington's 0 for 183 came from from 44.