Having won the toss and elected to bat, Victoria has moved to 5-135 at tea on the first day of its Sheffield Shield clash against Queensland at the MCG.
Having won the toss and elected to bat, Victoria have moved to 5-135 at tea on the first day of their Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland at the MCG.
Bulls skipper James Hopes took three wickets in an impressive opening spell to have the home side reeling at 3-17, but David Hussey combined with Peter Handscomb to steady the ship with a 93-run partnership.
That partnership was broken when Handscomb was brilliantly caught by Chris Lynn at mid-on for 43 off the bowling of Cameron Boyce, with Hussey falling shortly after when he edged to Peter Forrest at first slip on 58.
Both batsmen had been given a life earlier in their innings having each been dropped, but Lynn snapped the run of spurned chances with his stunning, one-handed effort while throwing himself backwards.
Matthew Wade (12) and John Hastings (4) are the not-out batsmen for the Bushrangers. Hopes has been the best of the Queensland bowlers with figures of 3-29 from 12 overs.
Earlier, Hopes had opener Rob Quiney caught at first slip for four runs in the tenth over of the morning and was on a hat trick when Marcus Stoinis was out, caught at fine leg, for a golden duck off the next ball.
Hopes missed out on his hat trick, but soon rattled the stumps of Dean Russ on 12 after the opener shouldered arms to a ball that nipped back off the pitch.