Wade Townsend ton revives Queensland
Queensland 7 for 244 (Townsend 121, Hartley 68, Griffith 3-60) v Tasmania
Wade Townsend's first Sheffield Shield century helped Queensland recover from a precarious 4 for 39 to post a respectable 7 for 244 on the opening day at Bellerive Oval. Townsend and Chris Hartley led the fightback with a 172-run partnership that saved the blushes of the captain Chris Simpson after he chose to bat.
Queensland's problems began when the openers were removed by Adam Maher, in his first Sheffield Shield match, and Adam Griffith, who was playing his first game for Tasmania since 2007. The other two Tigers fast men then chipped in with Lee Carseldine caught at short leg off Tim Macdonald and Glen Batticciotto bowled by Brendan Drew.
But there were no more wickets until after tea as Townsend and Hartley staged the revival. Townsend showed his talent earlier in the season when he posted an even 100 against the touring West Indians and this time he reached 121 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Griffith.
Griffith, who missed all of last summer following a knee reconstruction, also removed Hartley for 68. By the close of play, Queensland were relying on Simpson, who was unbeaten on 1, and Ben Cutting, who had scored 4.