ACT Comets opener Matt Condon scored his second straight half century to help stage a fightback in the Futures League match against Tasmania at Blundstone Arena on Tuesday.
Having posted 55 in the first innings, Condon was again the shining light of the Comets' batting with 53 before being dismissed late in the day.
The Comets will resume on Wednesday at 4-130 trying desperately to stave off an outright defeat, still 113 runs behind Tasmania.
Comets captain Michael Spaseski is 13 not out with Blake MacDonald unbeaten on 11.
Comets leg-spinner Mac Wright claimed 3-52 and fast bowler Tom Rogers collected 3-100 to dismiss Tasmania for 386.
Weston Creek Molonglo paceman Joe Slater bowled tight lines to take 1-42 from 15 overs on debut.
Former Test batsman Alex Doolan led the way for the hosts with 81 off 126 balls.
The Comets' second innings got off to the worst possible start with Australian under-19 representative Henry Hunt dismissed for a golden duck.
Wickets continued to tumble, with Kerrod White (15) and Andrew Harriott (24) both sent packing cheaply.
The Comets were bowled out for just 143 in their first innings on Monday.
Play resumes in Hobart at 10.30am on Wednesday.