Vics 4-81 in wet Shield clash with Bulls

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A cameo from opener Nic Maddinson was a rare bright spot as Victoria limped to 4-81 on a rain-hit first day of their Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland in Brisbane.

Maddinson hooked Michael Neser for six in the first over to get off the mark and kept blazing to all parts of Allan Border Field before he was dismissed for 32 off 36 balls.

In-form captain Peter Handscomb then departed for a second-ball duck as the visitors lost two wickets in the 10th over and lunch was called as more rain arrived.

The visitors then lost Matt Short (17) and Jake Fraser-McGurk (6) cheaply in a shortened middle session with just 21.4 overs bowled in total.

Test opener Marcus Harris (19 not out) and Seb Gotch (two not out) were at the crease when rain stopped play, with tea then stumps called as rain continued.

Jack Wildermuth (2-31) took the first two wickets before Neser and Brendan Doggett had edges sharply caught at slip by Joe Burns.

Play will begin an hour early at 9am local time over the next three days in an effort to make up lost time.

"To pick up four wickets in the 20 overs ... tough conditions to bowl in but the boys bowled alright and there's a lot of cricket left with the earlier starts," Wildermuth said.

The Toowoomba talent has taken the new ball for the Bulls this season, while also enjoying more responsibility in both disciplines in his return to the Brisbane Heat.

He took 3-13 and then slammed a century for Australia A in a tour match against India in December to remind all-comers of the talent that saw him play two T20s for his country in 2018.

"'It's been good fun, enjoyable (taking the new ball)," the 27-year-old said.

"There's a bit more in the wicket earlier in the morning and I've been working on my new ball skills ... it suits my bowling to be honest with you.

"It's all feeling good, I'm enjoying my cricket at Queensland."

Two rounds remain and both teams would be searching for a positive result in Brisbane, with the Bulls equal on points with leaders NSW and Victoria fourth thanks to four draws and a win from five games.