Bailey fires Tigers to bonus-point win

13 October 2017

Skipper blasts nine sixes on the way to 126 to give Tasmania comprehensive victory over the CA XI

JLT One-Day Cup 2017, Match 16


A century from skipper George Bailey has seen Tasmania thrash the Cricket Australia XI by 114 runs, earning a bonus-point win to revive their flagging one-day cup campaign.

The inexperienced CA XI were never in the hunt, chasing Tasmania's intimidating tally of 7-334, and were bowled out for 220 in 46.4 overs.

The win was set up by Bailey who made the most of Hurstville Oval's short boundaries to score 126 from 100 balls.

Bailey goes ballistic and blasts huge Tassie ton

The Tigers then turned in a disciplined all-round performance with the ball, with five bowlers collecting wickets.

Rookie paceman Riley Meredith (2-26) made a double breakthrough in the opening overs, while allrounder James Faulkner (2-43) was a handful at times.

Only opener Jake Carder (54) and Clint Hinchliffe (40) offered any significant resistance for the CA XI.

Bailey's 126 was highest one-day score on Australian soil, bettering the 125 not out he made against the West Indies at the WACA in 2013, although short of his career-best 156 in India in October of that year.

Former Australia Test No.3 Alex Doolan hit 83 for the Tigers before he was bowled by a superb Yorker by young NSW firebrand Henry Thornton, the 20-year-old who has been clocked at speeds on with par what Brett Lee produced at the same age.

Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade was on track for the competition's fastest record before he was dismissed for 39 from just 16 balls.

Wade gives old mate on the hill catching practice

Bailey, having earlier won the toss and opted to bat first, took it upon himself to make the running as Tasmania set a hefty target, smashing nine sixes and as many boundaries in his 100-ball knock.

He was dropped on 31 by CA XI opener Max Bryant, the Queensland U19 star, and the Tigers skipper made his foes pay.

Tigers opener Ben Dunk reached 34 before he was brilliantly bowled through the gate by young leg-spinner Daniel Fallins to claim his maiden List A wicket.  

Tasmania will need to win their final match on Tuesday against Queensland and hope other results go their way if they are to feature in the finals.

Tasmania: Ben Dunk, Ben McDermott, Alex Doolan, George Bailey, Matthew Wade (wk), Jordan Silk, James Faulkner, Tom Rogers, Cameron Boyce, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko

CA XI: Jake Carder, Max Bryant, Beau Webster (c), Clint Hinchliffe, Param Uppal, Harry Neilsen, Ben Pengelly, Henry Thornton, Charlie Stobo, Daniel Fallins, Jackson Coleman.

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