Bailey blasts back to form with ton
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.