QUEENSLAND hit back to gain some late reward but host Tasmania remains firmly in the box seat after the first day of the Sheffield Shield final.
A slow but tense first day exploded into life late in the third session after the Bulls finally broke the Tigers' opening partnership of 133 runs.
Mark Cosgrove played on to Michael Neser after perhaps the most patient innings of his career, 58 off 217 deliveries.
Alex Doolan faced 200 less deliveries for his six runs before giving Peter Forrest catching practice at second slip and providing the tireless Ryan Harris with a hard-earned wicket.
Ricky Ponting (20 not out) came in to see his team to stumps at 2-176 and his latest project Jordan Silk to a superb 82 having been at the crease since the opening delivery of the day nearly 300 balls earlier
EARLIER: TASMANIA'S resilience continues to frustrate Queensland in the Sheffield Shield final at Bellerive.
At tea on day one, the Tigers are 0-90 courtesy of the doggedness of openers Jordan Silk, on 41 off 195 deliveries, and Mark Cosgrove, 45 off 168.
The patient pair maintained their ratio of offering just one chance per session but again the Bulls could not take it.
Having been dropped by Ryan Harris on four, Silk was given a second life on 34.
Cameron Gannon fielded smartly at gully but missed the stumps from side on with both batsmen in no-mans-land.
EARLIER: A CAREFUL Tasmania has reached 0-76 after 50 overs of the Sheffield Shield final in Hobart.
Mark Cosgrove is 40 off 136 balls, and Jordan Silk is 34 off 169.
EARLIER: TASMANIA'S batsmen have dug in on the rain-softened turf of Bellerive Oval during a tense first morning of the Sheffield Shield final.
Tigers captain George Bailey put his faith in openers Mark Cosgrove and Jordan Silk by electing to bat after winning the toss and the interstate pair rewarded his confidence by surviving two hours of probing bowling from the Queenslanders.
At lunch Silk is on 24 off 110 deliveries, Cosgrove 15 from 83 and Tasmania 0-41.
While the scoring may have been slow, the zero in the wickets column proved a much more important stat than others like 31 consecutive dot balls.
Aside from a succession of half-hearted lbw appeals, the key moment of the session came two balls after the introduction of spin just 11 overs into the game.
Nathan Hauritz enticed an edge from Silk (on 4) but Harris juggled then dropped the chance at first slip.
EARLIER: Tasmanian openers Mark Cosgrove and Jordan Silk have survived the first hour of play, on a wicket that has been up and down, reaching 0-18 after 17 overs.
Cosgrove is not out 9, while Silk is on 7.
EARLIER: Tasmanian captain George Bailey won the toss and opted to bat on a lush Bellerive wicket in the Sheffield Shield final against Queensland.
As expected, the Tigers stuck with the line-up which delivered the required wins in their last two fixtures, meaning young spinner Harry Allanby is 12th man.
The Bulls also stuck with an unchanged 12 but Cameron Gannon was restored to the starting line-up at the expense of Ronan McDonald.
Yesterday's heavy rain has relented but there are plenty of clouds about and interruptions appear as likely as India completing a series clean sweep this week.
Tasmania: George Bailey (c), Luke Butterworth, Mark Cosgrove, Alex Doolan, James Faulkner, Evan Gulbis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Tim Paine, Ricky Ponting, Jordan Silk, Jon Wells.12th man Harry Allanby.
Queensland: James Hopes (c), Joe Burns,Peter Forrest, Cameron Gannon, Ryan Harris, Chris Hartley, Nathan Hauritz, Greg Moller, Michael Neser, Luke Pomersbach, Nathan Reardon. 12th man Ronan McDonald.