Full name Tom Ernest Bailey
Born April 21, 1991, Preston, Lancashire
Current age 26 years 330 days
Major teams Lancashire, Lancashire 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Education Myerscough College
|First-class debut||Lancashire v Surrey at Liverpool, Sep 11-14, 2012 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Lancashire v Surrey at Manchester, Sep 25-28, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Essex v Lancashire at Chelmsford, Aug 5, 2014 scorecard|
|Last List A||Lancashire v Northamptonshire at Liverpool, May 5, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Lancashire v Leicestershire at Manchester, May 15, 2015 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Warwickshire v Lancashire at Birmingham, Jul 30, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/30, 31, 0/34||Lancashire||v Surrey||Manchester||25 Sep 2017||FC|
|5/54, 9, 5/44, 3||Lancashire||v Middlesex||Lord's||19 Sep 2017||FC|
|3/40, 2, 17||Lancashire||v Somerset||Taunton||12 Sep 2017||FC|
|34*, 2/54||Lancashire||v Essex||Manchester||5 Sep 2017||FC|
|4/46, 11||Lancs 2nd XI||v Durham 2nd||Todmorden||21 Aug 2017||Other|
|0/31||Lancs 2nd XI||v Sussx 2nd XI||Arundel||10 Aug 2017||Other T20|
|10, 2/28||Lancashire||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||30 Jul 2017||T20|
|0*, 5/15||Lancs 2nd XI||v MCC YC||Westhoughton||17 Jul 2017||Other T20|
|0/29||Lancs 2nd XI||v MCC YC||Westhoughton||17 Jul 2017||Other T20|
|0/22||Lancashire||v Yorkshire||Manchester||14 Jul 2017||T20|
Tom Bailey, a tall seamer from Preston, first played for Lancashire at Under 19s level, and joined Lancashire's academy in 2011. His initial taste of Lancashire cricket was uncomfortably linked to relegation. He made his Championship debut in a dead rubber against Surrey at the end of the 2012 season when Lancashire were already down. Then he endured another taste of relegation in 2014 when he took six wickets in three matches against Durham, Yorkshire and Middlesex, but on the final day of the season against Middlesex at Old Trafford was part of a Lancashire side relegated for the second time in three seasons.
That disappointment did not last long. Lancashire were promoted in 2015 and Bailey could point to his first five-for, figures of 5 for 12 achieved at Grace Road as Lancashire routed Leicestershire for 78 at Grace Road.
His 2016 campaign was heavily disrupted by a side injury, ruling him out of 1st XI action for three months. But he made an impressive return, taking four wickets in seven balls against Somerset Old Trafford to help secure an influential draw which this time ensured relegation would be avoided. He also hit a maiden first-class fifty against the eventual champions Middlesex in another vital draw.
Gradually, he forced his way into the reckoning, playing eight Championship games in 2017 including a first 10-in-the-match, against Middlesex at Lord's.