George Bailey shoulders arms: The Tasmanian captain got dismissed without scoring in his final First-class innings in Hobart.
During the third day of the 18th match of the ongoing season of the Marsh Shield between Tasmania and South Australia in Hobart, veteran Tasmania batsman George Bailey got dismissed on the first delivery in his last First-class innings.
It all happened on the sixth delivery of the 22nd over when Bailey shouldered arms to South Australia bowler Wes Agar. With the ball coming into the right-hand batsman after pitching, it ended up hitting the stumps and closing the doors on a 15-year old career.
Coming in to bat at No. 4 in the 33rd over in the first innings, Bailey scored 7 (12) with the help of one four before getting out to Chadd Sayers.
Chasing a 170-run target, the visitors sealed the chase on the back of a match-winning 136-run partnership between William Bosisto (47 not out) and Harry Nielsen (86 not out).
Playing his last First-class match, Bailey introduced himself into the attack when the opposition required only six runs to win. In an attempt to relish the last few minutes of his career, Bailey started bowling gentle medium pace with his Tasmania cap still on his head.
In the five matches that Bailey played in this season, he scored 185 runs at an average of 23.12 and a strike rate of 51.10 including a half-century. It is worth mentioning that Bailey was recently included in Australia’s selection committee for the national team.
George Bailey shoulders arms to get out in his final First-class innings
Wes Agar has just assured he will never get picked for Australia EVER! 😜😜😜
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 9, 2019
How Twitterati reacted:
What a way to finish a 15-year first-class career!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 10, 2019
Just wanted to say congratulations to George Bailey on a wonderful cricket career not only for Tassie but Australia as well all time great bloke also what a lot of people wouldn’t know very handy with the sherrin well done cocko
— Ian Nutsy Callinan (@callinan37) December 10, 2019
— Brent Costelloe (@brentcostelloe) December 10, 2019
— West End Redbacks (@WestEndRedbacks) December 10, 2019
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