Queensland crush Tas in two-day Shield win

Ethan James
Sam Heazlett smacked 20 fours and a six on the way to his highest first-class score of 135

Young batsman Sam Heazlett and quick Mark Steketee have inspired Queensland to a crushing Sheffield Shield win over Tasmania, who were all out twice in two days.

The Bulls iced the 10-wicket mauling in the shadows of stumps in Hobart on Saturday after earlier dismissing the hosts for 150 in their second innings.

Steketee was the chief destroyer, taking 4-32 to follow a career-best 5-19 haul the previous day when the Tigers were rolled for just 107.

The talented Heazlett played a lone hand with the bat, hitting an aggressive 135 to push Queensland to 240 in their first innings.

The 24-year-old, who played one ODI for Australia two years ago, smacked 20 fours and a six on the way to his highest first-class score before being caught in the deep off Riley Meredith.

"it was a tough wicket. I played and missed a fair bit. Sometimes the ball would nip so far that you couldn't hit it," he said.

It was a welcome return from a broken finger for Heazlett, who stepped up in the absence of Test stars Joe Burns and Marnus Labuschagne.

"If you can score runs on a wicket like that. It gives you confidence you can do it in any situation," he said.

"I'll take that forward with me."

The Bulls quickly reached their 18-run victory target to lock down second place on the Shield ladder behind the unbeaten New South Wales.

Heazlett rode his luck and was dropped twice by a sloppy Tasmania before reaching his fourth first-class century at the ground where he made his first in 2015.

He resumed day two on 54 after coming to the crease with the Bulls in trouble at 3-11.

Heazlett found unlikely support from free-swinging tailender Mitchell Swepson, who hit 37 from 36 balls to add a valuable 54 runs for the ninth wicket.

Former Test paceman Jackson Bird (3-55) finished the pick of bowlers for Tasmania, who are left with one win from five matches.

In his penultimate first-class match veteran and soon-to-be national selector George Bailey (82) was the only Tigers' player to put up any second-innings resistance after Steketee struck three quick blows with the new ball.

"He's quick and can swing the ball both ways. To have both those in your armoury is pretty cool," Heazlett said of his teammate.

Test-experienced Matt Renshaw (duck) and Usman Khawaja (two) were among the carnage on day one, where 14 wickets fell.