Western Australia were in trouble at 7-149 at the close of play on day two at the Gabba after Queensland were dismissed for 391 in their first innings.
James Hopes and Michael Neser made deadly use of the pink ball to ensure Queensland are close to securing first innings points against Western Australia after the second day’s play of the Sheffield Shield match at the Gabba.
The Warriors finished the day on 7-149, with a defiant Ashton Agar (27 not out) and Jason Behrendorff (19 not out) at the crease, still 242 runs in arrears of the Bulls’ first innings total of 391.
A superb Peter Forrest (133) century was the highlight of Queensland’s first innings, before the Warriors, led by Behrendorff (5-105) fought back to have the home side all out by lunch.
Hopes (3-30) then got the Bulls off to a flying start with the ball, snaring Cameron Bancroft and Marcus Harris for ducks with consecutive deliveries in his second over.
Danger-man Marcus North (4) was quickly removed by Neser thanks to a sharp catch by Chris Hartley behind the stumps.
A promising 67-run stand for the Warriors between Ashton Turner (41) and Adam Voges (34) was brought to an end by Alister McDermott, who had Voges caught in the gully attempting a drive.
Turner was then dismissed the next over by another tricky Hopes delivery, which he edged to first slip, before Neser (3-37) accounted for Mitchell Marsh and Sam Whiteman to have the Warriors in deep trouble at 7-108.
Neser credited his impressive efforts with an improved showing for Adelaide in the Big Bash League.
“I felt I bowled well at BBL and coming into this game I bowled well in Adelaide for the second 11, so I’ve been in alright form, and it’s just pleasing to contribute for the team,” he said.
Western Australia’s number eight and nine batsmen, Agar and Behrendorff, mounted a stoic rearguard to blunt Queensland’s attack late in the day, though the spinner was dropped by Usman Khawaja in the slips off the bowling of the luckless Luke Feldman just before the close of play.
Earlier, a 95-run partnership between Forrest and Neser (40) for Queensland, who began the morning session on 5-269, showed that the pink ball could be mastered.
“The pink ball’s alright,” Neser said.
“The only drama you have with the ball is with the spinners, seeing the seam; you can’t quite see the seam.
“Besides that, it’s not much different, it maybe swings a bit more, but it’s not too bad.”
Neser joined Forrest at the crease after Behrendorff had removed Hartley early, and the pair were able to comfortably steer the score past 300.
Forrest brought up his ninth first class century with a powerful six down the ground off the bowling of Agar.
A slash outside off stump eventually brought about Neser’s downfall when he nicked a Rimmington delivery to the keeper, bringing to an end a vibrant partnership.
Forrest’s impressive innings came to an end with one of the few loose shots he played, edging a cut to Adam Voges at first slip from the bowling of North.