Tasmania frustrate SA in Sheffield Shield

Tasmania's George Bailey was bowled by SA's Wes Agar after shouldering arms at Bellerive Oval.
Tasmania's George Bailey was bowled by SA's Wes Agar after shouldering arms at Bellerive Oval.

George Bailey's final innings for Tasmania lasted just one ball but his teammates have dug in to frustrate South Australia in their Sheffield Shield clash in Hobart.

The Tigers are 4-120 in their second innings at tea on day three, with a slim lead of 28 runs.

Better known for his short-form exploits, Ben McDermott is unbeaten on 29 from 124 balls alongside Jake Doran (34 not out).

Tasmania have crawled at less than two runs per over but only lost one scalp in Monday's middle session.

Earlier, Bailey was clean bowled in the morning session for a golden duck leaving a delivery from Wes Agar.

It was an inglorious Shield end at Bellerive Oval for the popular veteran, who'll retire at the end of the Big Bash League season to become a national selector.

He finishes his 15-year first-class career with more than 10,000 runs.

Bailey was Agar's second victim in the space of two balls, after Mac Wright (eight) was caught at mid-on off a mis-timed pull shot.

Bailey, who played 90 ODIs, 30 T20s and five Tests for Australia, managed just seven in Tasmania first innings of 254.

Agar (3-20) has been the pick of the Redbacks' quicks and also ended the resistance of opposition skipper Jordan Silk on 29.

South Australia, who are second last on the Shield ladder, are aiming to end an 18-match winless streak dating back to February 2018.

Opener Jake Weatherald starred with 126 in the Redbacks' first innings of 346, with skipper Alex Carey next best with 73.

Australian Associated Press