Tom Bailey makes debut in England Lions victory
Lancashire seamer takes two wickets in narrow win
Lancashire fast bowler Tom Bailey took two wickets on his England Lions debut to help the side to a 1-wicket win in the final match of their limited-overs series against India A.
Bailey, who received his England cap from Red Rose teammate and close friend Alex Davies ahead of the match, was also there at the end with bat as the Lions sealed a tight victory.
Ben Duckett hit a superb unbeaten 64, chasing 122 to win, England fell to 95/8 but Duckett took charge with tailenders Matt Carter and Bailey to farm the strike and take the Lions to victory.
Having lost the toss, England took to the field and soon had India A in trouble, with Lewis Gregory dismissing a senior international batsman first ball of the innings for the second time in the series. This time the Somerset man bowled KL Rahul and sparked a steady fall of wickets to the Lions seamers.
Bailey collected two excellent wickets on debut, while Jamie Overton claimed three including that of Rishabh Pant, who skied a pull shot into the vacant midwicket region only for Overton to hare after it and catch it over his shoulder.
India’s seamers also had joy on the slow wicket, with Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur picking up four early wickets.
Chahar’s brother Rahul took three wickets as England teetered on the brink of defeat, but Duckett closed the innings with a six in a tense finish.
The win for the Lions meant India A won the limited-overs series 4-1, with two four-day ‘Tests’ still to come on the tour.
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