The opening session of the Shield final was punctuated by a controversial third umpire decision going against the NSW Blues.

The opening session of the Sheffield Shield final was punctuated by a controversial decision by the third umpire, which went against NSW.

With the Blues humming along at 1-47 after winning the toss, opener Daniel Hughes nicked one to Queensland wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson off the bowling of Jack Wildermuth.

However, the delivery was reviewed to analyse Wildermuth’s front foot, and although it appeared to the commentators that no part of the foot was behind the line, the dismissal stood as a bemused Hughes departed for 19.

Controversial dismissal in Sheffield Shield final

“This will be OK … touch and go, it might be the benefit of the doubt to the bowler there,” Andrew Symonds said on commentary.

Former Australia coach Darren Lehmann said it was extremely close and that it could have been a no-ball.

“He’s gonna give it out lads, I reckon … it’s a touch and go one for the third umpire.

“That first [frame] you see is when the spikes are touching, and I think they’ll take that into account.”

NSW made it to lunch without losing another wicket, but have since slumped to 5-96 at Allan Border Field.

The Blues are looking for back-to-back titles, while the Bulls are hoping for their first win since the 2017-18 season.

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