Hilfenhaus helps keep Bulls to 287
Queensland 287 (Townsend 82, Broad 57, Hilfenhaus 4-57, Butterworth 3-54) v Tasmania
Ben Hilfenhaus picked up some confidence-boosting wickets after he was axed from the Test team earlier this year, as he helped Tasmania fight back into the match against Queensland. At tea on the first day, the Bulls were cruising at 2 for 180, but by stumps they had been dismissed for 287, with Hilfenhaus collecting 4 for 57 and Luke Butterworth taking 3 for 54.
The openers Wade Townsend and Ryan Broad (57) were in control during the early part of the day, although Townsend had two lives on his way to 82. The wicketkeeper Tom Triffitt put down a simple chance off the bowling of James Faulkner, having earlier watched another of Townsend's edges sail between himself and the first slip.
However, Hilfenhaus ended the 150-run stand and got rid of both openers before tea, Broad edging to slip and Townsend tickling a catch to Triffitt from a ball that swung away and bounced sharply. After the last break, the Bulls struggled, with Hilfenhaus and Butterworth running through the middle order as the Bulls lost 5 for 3 in a four-over period.
A last-wicket stand of 41 between Cameron Boyce (26 not out) and Steve Magoffin pushed the Bulls towards the 300-mark, but failing to reach that goal was a disappointing end after such a promising start. Stumps was called after the fall of the final wicket, Magoffin caught for 15 off the bowling of Jason Krejza.