Steve Smith of the Blues walks off the field after being bowled out by Michael Neser of the Bulls during day 4 of the Marsh Sheffield Shield cricket match between the Queensland Bulls and the New South Wales Blues at the Gabba in Brisbane, Sunday, October 13, 2019. (AAP Image/Albert Perez) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY, IMAGES TO BE USED FOR NEWS REPORTING PURPOSES ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL USE WHAT
Steve Smith of the Blues walks off the field after being bowled out by Michael Neser of the Bulls during day 4 of the Marsh Sheffield Shield cricket match between the Queensland Bulls and the New South Wales Blues at the Gabba in Brisbane, Sunday, October 13, 2019. (AAP Image/Albert Perez) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY, IMAGES TO BE USED FOR NEWS REPORTING PURPOSES ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL USE WHAT

Rare Smith failure gives Queensland hope

A rRARE double failure from Steve Smith has given Queensland the slimmest of chances on the final day of their opening Sheffield Shield clash with NSW.

Smith came within inches of a shock pair after surviving an LBW shout on his first ball of the second innings before a two-ball brain fade sunk him on 21 after the lunch break.

The master batsman raised eyebrows with a wild swing-and-miss at Michael Neser's first ball after lunch and snicked off to Jimmy Peirson the following delivery.

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The red-hot Neser struck again with his first ball of the 12th over to remove Moises Henriques for 8 to leave NSW teetering at 3-40.

Earlier, Neser got his side off to the best possible start by removing first-innings century maker David Warner for a golden duck.

The right-arm seamer lured Warner into a tentative push which flew off the edge towards a diving Usman Khawaja at second slip.

Khawaja's grab prove the lift needed after a wasteful start with the bat on day four that saw Queensland add just 82 runs to their overnight score.

Can Queensland pull off an unlikely win. AAP Image/Albert Perez.
Can Queensland pull off an unlikely win. AAP Image/Albert Perez.

Kicking off proceedings at 5-186, the Bulls crawled to a 200-run total before Jimmy Peirson shouldered-arms a searing Trent Copeland delivery on 33.

Marnus Labuschagne (52) was next to go, edging a rising Mitchell Starc delivery to Peter Neville after making his second half-century of the match as Queensland slipped to 7-210.

Neser (36 from 61) combined with Cameron Gannon (19 not out) for a steadying 48-run partnership before falling prey to a leading edge off the bowling of Harry Conway, who took little time in cleaning up Bulls tailenders Mark Steketee (6) and Billy Stanlake in the 92nd over.

NSW were 5-66 at drinks with Daniel Hughes (28 from 70) and Peter Neville (1 from 15) at the crease.