Michael Bailey
Michael Bailey

A seventh grand final

SIX years ago Coffs Tigers opening bowler Michael Bailey played in his sixth grand final with the club.

He can’t believe he’s had to wait so long for his next venture to cricket’s big dance.

“It’s been a while but it’s a different side now,” Bailey said.

“We lost a lot of players all at the same time and we had to go through a rebuilding phase.”

The 30 year-old says that the satisfaction he’s gained this summer has been as good as any of the other years he’s played in grand finals if not more so.

“Last year we started well but didn’t finish that well and everyone basically thought we were a joke at the start of this season,” he said.

“We’ve flown under the radar a bit and there hasn’t been a lot said about us until the last couple of games and the next thing you know we’re in a grand final.

“That’s fitting because we finished equal first on points with Colts so playing against them in the grand final is the right way to end it.”

While Bailey has plenty of experience on his side in season deciders he admits that he’s motivated by a string of poor personal performances in the past.

“I don’t believe I’ve ever really put in a fair effort in a grand final to be honest,” he admitted.

“I had two there where I didn’t even get a wicket and the last time I was a bit expensive.”

With the new ball in his hand, ‘Beetle’ is hoping that the trend can finally be reversed and he van will his “sore and tired” body to a bowling display that will send his team toward premiership glory.

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