Queensland 243 (Burns 97, Neser 55, Copeland 5-74) trail New South Wales 7 for 382 (Maddinson 87, Abbott 79*, Swepson 3-97) by 139 runs

A blistering 87 from Nic Maddinson put New South Wales in control of the Sheffield Shield clash in Wollongong.

Maddinson smashed 11 fours and two sixes in his 63-ball innings, which helped the Blues pass the Bulls' first-innings total with five wickets in hand.

Sean Abbott and Peter Nevill then combined for an unbeaten 130-run stand for the eighth wicket. Abbott moved to 79 not out at stumps while Nevill was 52 at the close of play.

Mitchell Swepson picked up three wickets for the Bulls but conceded more than five runs an over. Mark Steketee nabbed both openers in quick succession in the morning session.