Tasmania 5 for 221 (Cowan 82, Cosgrove 67) lead Queensland 205 (Cutting 79*, Bird 6-62) by 16 runs

Ed Cowan ensured Tasmania would take first-innings points on the second day at Bellerive Oval, where his 82 steered the Tigers past Queensland's 205 late in the afternoon. But Cowan fell shortly before stumps and at the close of play Tasmania were 5 for 221, leading by 16 runs and relying on Matt Johnston, who was on 3, and Luke Butterworth, who had made 9.

Cowan was caught at cover off Ben Cutting, who collected 2 for 57, and it gave the Bulls a sniff having not long ago removed Mark Cosgrove, who was run out for 67. Cosgrove and Cowan had compiled a 95-run partnership after the loss of the captain George Bailey, who was bowled by Matthew Gale for 27 off 30 balls.

Bailey needed to bat early in the day for he was due to fly out in the afternoon to join Australia's one-day squad in Brisbane ahead of Sunday's ODI against India. In the morning, Queensland had added only 10 to their overnight total as Jackson Bird (6 for 62) claimed the final wicket, Alister McDermott lbw for 13, with Cutting left unbeaten on 79.