Apr 102013

George Bailey

SOLID: Australian Twenty20 captain George Bailey has made a great start to his country season. Picture: Paul Kane Source: Getty Images

AUSTRALIAN newwcomer George Bailey has marked his English county cricket debut by making 93 as Hampshire recovered to 4-286 after losing both opening batsmen without a run on the board.

Leicestershire captain Ramnaresh Sarwan decided to field first under overcast skies on Wednesday at the Rose Bowl and was rewarded with the wickets of Hampshire’s Jimmy Adams and Michael Carberry in the first five overs.

But soon Bailey, the Australian T20 captain, joined Liam Dawson in partnership of 141 for the third wicket in only 32 overs as Leicestershire struggled to make the best of their promising start.

Sarwan used seven bowlers before lunch as Bailey dominated the stand, rapidly outscoring Dawson to help Hampshire seize the initiative.

Hampshire had reached 150 for three when Bailey, who led Tasmania to Sheffield Shield glory last month, was stumped.

Bailey, fluent from the start despite only joining the squad recently, made light of the dank conditions by striking 14 fours in his 133-ball innings.

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