Tom Bailey awarded Lancashire County Cap
Lancashire fast bowler Tom Bailey was awarded his County Cap this morning ahead of the Club’s Specsavers County Championship clash against Somerset at Taunton.
Bailey, a graduate of Lancashire Cricket’s Academy and Scholarship programmes, has enjoyed a superb County Championship campaign this season and leads the way as the competition’s top wicket taker with 48 at an average of just 21.
The 27 year-old seamer has made 43 first-class appearances for the Red Rose and has claimed 139 wickets at an average of 27, including six five-wicket-hauls. He’s also taken 29 wickets from 27 white ball games for the Club.
Following his debut in 2012, Bailey, who came through at Vernon Carus Cricket Club in Preston, established himself as a regular in red ball cricket in 2017 playing eight Championship games, where he took career-best figures of 10-98 in the game against Middlesex at Lord’s.
Lancashire Chairman, David Hodgkiss OBE, said: “We appreciate that these are different circumstances in which we normally announce a player capping with it being an away fixture, but after a sustained period of good performances from Tom, particularly in this year’s Specsavers County Championship, we feel it’s appropriate timing. In the future, when players are capped during the season, they will be awarded their caps at Emirates Old Trafford in-front of the Pavilion and the Club’s Members.
“Being awarded a cap is incredibly prestigious, particularly when you think of all the history that goes with it and the list of players who have received one. The fact they’re few and far between means you really have to earn one and I’d like to congratulate Tom on his performances and efforts over the last few years which have been rewarded in his capping.”
Lancashire are now entering a crucial final stage of the season as Glen Chapple’s side take on Somerset at Taunton, followed by trips to Yorkshire next week and Hampshire in the Specsavers County Championship, along with the Vitality Blast Finals Day which takes place on Saturday 15 September at Edgbaston.
Director of Cricket, Paul Allott, added: “I would like to congratulate Tom for being awarded his Lancashire County Cap. It’s a huge tradition for the Club and there is great value placed on receiving a cap. There are many different criteria that apply when a cap is awarded and every player who is awarded one knows the honour it delivers and it is something that is held very close to their heart.
“Tom has been one of our outstanding performers in this year’s County Championship and is thoroughly deserving of this accolade. What comes of a capping is a level of responsibility within the squad, both in terms of performance and setting an example amongst others in the squad and I’m confident in his ability to do so on both levels.”