Rain ends play, Qld dominate SA in Shield

South Australia are struggling again after a rain-shortened opening day in their Sheffield Shield match against Queensland.

Sent in at Adelaide Oval, SA collapsed to 5-25 before lunch.

They had reached 6-107 five balls after tea, but then the fourth rain break of the day ended play.

Harry Nielsen had made 32no and Ben Manenti was on 33 to steady the home side after a diabolical first session, following last week's innings loss to WA.

The Bulls ripped through the top order as the Redbacks crashed to 5-33 at lunch.

But Manenti and Nielsen dug in after the long break, putting on an 59 for the seventh wicket.

Manenti launched an impressive counter-attack, with five fours and a six, while Nielsen had faced 101 balls and is yet to hit a boundary.

It was all the Bulls early as bowlers Xavier Bartlett and James Bazley had the hosts under pressure for the entire first session.

Bartlett was close to unplayable and had taken 3-20 from 12.5 overs, while Bazley had collected two scalps.

Opener Jake Weatherald (12) was the only South Australian batter to reach double figures before lunch, with Daniel Drew and Nathan McSweeney out for ducks.

It was the perfect start for Queensland after they won the toss, in opener Joe Burns' 100th Sheffield Shield match.

The former Test player is eighth on the Shield runs list for Queensland, with 6646 at an average of 40.52, just 133 behind Allan Border.

Queensland are second on the Shield ladder with two wins, a loss and a draw, while SA are bottom after two losses.and two draws.

The Bulls made several changes, with Marnus Labuschagne, Matt Renshaw, Mark Steketee, Michael Neser and captain Usman Khawaja all unavailable because of national commitments.

Wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson was captaining Queensland, while Bryce Street, Sam Heazlett and Max Bryant returned.

Henry Hunt was out of the SA line-up because of his selection in the Prime Minister's XI squad, with Jake Lehmann handed the captaincy duties.