Bai­ley blasts back to form with ton

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - RYAN ROSENDALE

HE has strug­gled to find form for the Tigers, but Ge­orge Bai­ley has sent a firm re­minder of his dam­ag­ing best in his re­turn to CTPL cricket for South Ho­bart-Sandy Bay.

In the Tigers’ open­ing three Sh­effield Shield games, Bai­ley has av­er­aged just four and a half runs from six in­nings, with the skip­per’s top score of 11 see­ing him re­turn to the Sharks line-up in a bid to find some much-needed form ahead of the Tigers clash with Vic­to­ria next week.

That is ex­actly what Bai­ley found yes­ter­day against New Town, blast­ing an im­pres­sive 129 from 140 balls in a rather one-sided day at New Town Oval.

Af­ter win­ning the toss and opt­ing to bat, the Bucks open­ing four bat­ters failed to put a score on the board and, while Jay­den Vince (29) and Liam Tol­lard-Wil­liams (30) tried their best to bat their side to a some­what de­fend­able score, the bowl­ing duo of Hamish Kingston (6-25) and Kyle Wis­niewski (4-25) proved far too dam­ag­ing.

With the home side all out for 78 runs, Bai­ley and Harry Ni­chols (82) com­bined for an open­ing stand of 195, with Bai­ley blast­ing 19 bound­aries and three sixes be­fore both were dis­missed by a pair of Tol­lard-Wil­liams catches late in the day, see­ing the Sharks fin­ish the first day’s play on 2-267.

“We lost the toss, but it gave our bowlers a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity to get stuck in and the wicket proved to have a lit­tle bit in it early in the day and we were able to make the most of that and get off to a re­ally good start,” Sharks coach Matt Clark said.

“Ge­orge was re­ally keen to come back and bat for a long pe­riod and he has prob­a­bly been starved of time to bat out in the mid­dle, so I think he was look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a hit to­day and any­time we can get Ge­orge back is a ben­e­fit for our young guys.”

In other Round-5 ac­tion, Aus­tralian Test cap­tain Tim Paine scored 48 runs in his 150th match for Univer­sity.

The Lions first in­nings to­tal of 10-173 was eas­ily matched by King­bor­ough, with opener Nathan Fre­itag (85no) and Beau Web­ster (65no) see­ing the home side fin­ish on 2-196 on day one.

At An­zac Park, Glenorchy was sent into bat by Lind­is­farne, with Aaron Sum­mer’s fig­ures of 3-28 the best of the bowlers.

Lind­is­farne even­tu­ally dis­missed the Mag­pies for 10-157 be­fore stumps saw the home side fin­ish at 4-102 ahead of day-two ac­tion next Satur­day.

Har­ri­son Al­lanby top scored for Clarence in their clash with the Great North­ern Raiders, fin­ish­ing un­beaten on 70 af­ter the trav­el­ling side bowled out the com­pe­ti­tion’s newest fran­chise for just 10-107 at the NTCA.

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