New South Wales 9 for 397 dec and 1 for 111 (Maddinson 67) lead Queensland 306 (Forrest 97, Hopes 56, O'Keefe 3-44, Bollinger 3-65) by 202 runs
New South Wales restricted Queensland to 306 in the first innings and finished the third day in Sydney with a lead of 202 runs with nine wickets in hand in the second innings. While Peter Forrest fell short of a hundred by three runs, left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe took three of the six Queensland wickets, including Forrest's, as NSW took a first-innings lead of 91.
Chris Lynn and Forrest started the day at 3 for 53 and Lynn added only 10 more to his overnight score of 18 before being dismissed by Trent Copeland. Forrest built two stable partnerships from there - 50 runs with Chris Hartley for the fifth wicket and 87 for the sixth wicket with James Hopes, who registered his 26th first-class fifty. Queensland were looking comfortable at 5 for 206 but Hopes, Michael Neser and Forrest were all sent back by O'Keefe to bring them down to 8 for 284. Useful contributions from the tail took Queensland past 300 and an injured Matthew Gale meant their innings was over at 306.
NSW built on their lead further with a strong opening stand of 110 between Nic Maddinson and Ryan Carters, before Maddinson was run-out for a brisk 67 in the penultimate over of the day.