Redbacks win battle of the Baileys
The legspinner Cullen Bailey propelled South Australia to equal first on the Pura Cup table with a five-wicket haul as they beat Tasmania, who were led by George Bailey's 130, at Adelaide Oval. The Tigers made a brave bid to force a draw through Michael Bevan, who reached 83 from 181 balls, and Bailey, the last man out as they were beaten by 194 runs.
South Australia joined New South Wales on 20 points in a dramatic improvement after they sat at the bottom for most of last season. Darren Lehmann, the captain, grabbed three second-innings wickets to add to his run double of 182 and 58, but Bailey was the most penetrative bowler on a worn surface with 5 for 146 from 37.5 overs.
He teased Bevan out of his crease shortly after lunch to give Graham Manou a juggling stumping, and tricked Sean Clingeleffer and Shannon Tubb into hitting close-in catches to ease any South Australian worries over the victory. Lehmann then chipped in with two wickets and Shaun Tait added one before Bailey ended the match with the scalp of his namesake. Bailey's century, his third in a season of 610 runs at 50.83, came from 118 balls and his aggressive innings included 15 fours and three sixes.
Tasmania also named their team today for the ING Cup match against New South Wales at Bellerive Oval on Wednesday. Dane Anderson, Luke Butterworth, Tim Paine and Adam Polkinghorne were players picked in the squad who were not involved in the Pura Cup match.
Tasmania ING Cup squad Michael Di Venuto (capt), Travis Birt, Michael Bevan, George Bailey, Luke Butterworth, Dane Anderson, Tim Paine (wk), Adam Griffith, Xavier Doherty, Adam Polkinghorne, Brendan Drew, Ben Hilfenhaus.