Bailey bashes Tigers to victory
Man of the match George Bailey has kept Tasmania's undefeated start in this year's KFC Twenty20 Big Bash in tact with a brutal half-century to guide the Tigers to victory over New South Wales.
Bailey lit up Bellerive Oval on Friday night as he bludgeoned 54 from only 38 balls as the home team chased down the 8-157 set by the Blues.
Skipper Dan Marsh (24) scored the winning runs off the bowling of Nathan Bracken in the final over - his crunching boundary off the innings' penultimate delivery wrapping up a second win of the tournament and leaving the visitors with a 1-1 record.
Bracken finished with 1-29 from his 3.5 overs, while Doug Bollinger, held back by the Blues, came on as second change and snared 2-26 from three overs.
Bailey's knock included three boundaries and as many sixes. His 36 minutes at the crease reflective of the condensed game's nature.
Michael Dighton added an entertaining 29 from only 23 balls.
Earlier, New South Wales had posted a competitive total on the back of some good work from Brad Haddin (49) after the visitors won the toss and elected to bat.
Opener Haddin set the scene for a big total, but some tight bowling from opening pair Ben Hilfenhaus (3-28) and Brett Geeves (2-28) restricted the Blues.
The Australian one-day representative's 40-ball stay included a six and four fours.
Simon Katich scored only six, one of Hilfenhaus's three top-order scalps, with Moses Henriques clubbing 28 from 23 deliveries.
Hilfenhaus, the burly Australian one-day representative, snared Katich and had Dominic Thornley the very next ball in a lethal spell.