LV= County Championship: George Bailey leads Hampshire fightback

Last updated: 10th April 2013  

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Australian international George Bailey marked his LV= County Championship debut by making 93, as Hampshire recovered to 286-4 against Leicestershire after losing both opening batsmen without a run on the board.

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

Adams was bowled fifth ball by Alex Wyatt and Carberry edged defensively to new wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien to give veteran former England bowler Matthew Hoggard an early breakthrough.

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

Dawson reached 46 from 83 balls before he chased a wide delivery from medium-pacer Ollie Freckingham and gave Jigar Naik a catch in the gully.

Dawson's wicket was Freckingham's first in first-class cricket and he followed it with another four runs later, when Bailey was dismissed in sight of his century.


Hampshire had reached 150-3 when Bailey, who led Tasmania to Sheffield Shield glory last month, was stumped as he attacked the young Leicestershire newcomer.

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.

His exit failed to give the frail Leicestershire attack any respite and James Vince and Sean Ervine - the hosts' fifth-wicket pair - soon got on top every bit as commandingly as the Australian had done before them.

Bad light and rain eventually intruded after 71.2 overs, by which time Vince and Ervine had added a further 136 runs without being seriously troubled.

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