Energetic NSW Blues seamer Harry Conway claimed five wickets as bowlers dominated the opening day of the Marsh Sheffield Shield match against Queensland at Brisbane’s Gabba on Thursday.
Conway took 5-17 from 13 overs as the Blues dismissed Queensland for 153 after Bulls captain Usman Khawaja won the toss and decided to bat.
The Blues were 3-50 in reply at stumps with David Warner unbeaten on 27 and Nick Larkin 12.
Coming in at number three and four after the early loss of opener Dan Hughes (6), Steve Smith and Moises Henriques both fell without scoring.
It was a rare failure for Smith after a dominant Ashes series, in which he amassed 774 runs at an average of 110.57 against England.
Earlier the Blues combined for a disciplined bowling performance after Queensland had a slow but solid start, reaching 0-30 before wickets began to tumble.
Conway was well supported by Sean Abbott (3-25 off 18 overs) and Trent Copeland (1-48 off 18 overs), who were also impressive for the Blues.
The only Bulls player to pass 19 was newly ensconced Test batsman Marnus Labuschagne with a patient 69, but when he became Conway's second wicket the floodgates opened following a day of extreme pressure from the Blues' attack.
Matt Renshaw looked solid in an 88-ball innings of 19 before edging Copeland and departing to a sharp catch from a diving Steve Smith at second slip.
Khawaja, coming off consecutive hundreds in the Marsh One Day Cup, was trapped lbw by Conway for one midway through the first session.
Burns (13) suffered the same fate, missing a full ball from Abbott after he and Renshaw had survived a long period of sustained pressure.