Steketee haul gives Qld Shield advantage

Ethan James
Queensland's Mark Steketee has taken 5-19 to tear through Tasmania in their Sheffield Shield clash

Breakthrough career-best figures from quick Mark Steketee helped skittle Tasmania for 107 and give Queensland the upper hand after day one of their Sheffield Shield match.

The Bulls reached 4-98 at stumps in Hobart after Steketee earlier took 5-19 off 14 overs - his maiden first-class five-wicket haul.

Big guns Matthew Renshaw and Usman Khawaja both fell cheaply for Queensland before young gun Sam Heazlett (54no) revived the innings.

Steketee ripped through Tasmania's top order with the new ball after the hosts lost the toss and were sent in on a green-tinged Bellerive Oval pitch.

He trapped Tigers skipper Jordan Silk plus Beau Webster for ducks and George Bailey (2) lbw in his first two overs to leave them reeling at 3-4.

Steketee picked up his fifth scalp shortly after lunch, bowling tailender Alex Pyecroft for three.

"It's nice to get it out of the way," Steketee said of the milestone in his 33rd first-class game.

"I feel like I'm starting to bowl more consistently than I ever have."

"That just comes with age, I'm in a good spot at the moment. But it's only one innings."

It's been an impressive start to the domestic season for Steketee, who finished the second-highest wicket-taker in the one-day competition with 13 scalps.

He has 14 Shield wickets at 24 from three-and-a-bit matches.

Only three Tasmanians reached double figures, with opener Alex Doolan top scoring on 34.

In reply, the Bulls fell to 3-11 at tea after Renshaw was dismissed for a duck and Khawaja (2) was caught at second slip slashing outside off-stump after being dropped in the cordon the previous ball.

Opener Bryce Street (30 from 136 balls) and Heazlett then combined for a gritty 61-run stand to steady the Bulls.

Heazlett had a life on 19 when he was dropped at second slip by Alex Doolan.

He brought up his 10th first-class half-century late in the day with a glorious cover drive.

Former Test paceman Jackson Bird (3-26 from 17) was the pick of the Tigers bowlers.

Tasmania are without Matthew Wade and Tim Paine due to Test duty, while the Bulls are missing Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Burns and Michael Neser.