Victoria 5 for 153 (Harris 75, Handscomb 60) lead Queensland 137 (Heazlett 51, Holland 4-32, Tremain 3-26) by 16 runs
It took Victoria less than a day to claim a first-innings lead in their Sheffield Shield game against Queensland at the MCG, where Marcus Harris and Peter Handscomb backed up the fine work of their bowlers. The Bulls won the toss and chose to bat but before tea they had been skittled for 137, as first Chris Tremain and Scott Boland, and later Jon Holland, caused problems.
Boland bowled axed Test opener Joe Burns for 4 and Tremain picked up three wickets in his first five overs to leave Queensland at 4 for 11. But the young pair of Sam Heazlett and Jack Wildermuth, both inclusions for this match having missed the first game of the season, built a 62-run stand that provided some sort of fightback.
The partnership ended when Wildermuth was stumped off Holland for 20, and Heazlett followed soon afterwards for 51. Holland effectively ran through the tail to finish with 4 for 32, while Tremain ended up with 3 for 26.
Victoria suffered their own top-order dramas when Travis Dean and Marcus Stoinis fell early to leave the total at 2 for 8, but Harris continued his strong form in his first appearances for Victoria and made 75. Handscomb managed 60, and their 130-run stand was enough to give Victoria the lead. By stumps, the Bushrangers were 5 for 153, with Glenn Maxwell on 6 and Cameron White on 1.