Paul Bail

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Paul Bail
Personal information
Full name Paul Andrew Clayden Bail
Born (1965-06-23) 23 June 1965 (age 51)
Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Domestic team information
Years Team
1985–1986 Somerset
1986–1988 Cambridge University
1989–1990 Wiltshire
First-class debut 29 May 1985 Somerset v Yorkshire
Last First-class 5 May 1988 Cambridge University v Glamorgan
List A debut 15 June 1985 Somerset v Zimbabweans
Last List A 27 June 1990 Wiltshire v Surrey
Career statistics
Competition FC LA
Matches 29 18
Runs scored 1016 324
Batting average 21.61 21.60
100s/50s 1/3 0/3
Top score 174 66
Balls bowled 132 24
Wickets 1 1
Bowling average 103.00 20.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/36 1/20
Catches/stumpings 7/– 1/–
Source: CricketArchive, 20 December 2009

Paul Andrew Clayden Bail, born at Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, on 23 June 1965, played first-class cricket for Somerset and for Cambridge University.

Educated at Millfield School, Bail was a right-handed opening or middle order batsman and an occasional right-arm off-break bowler. He made his first-class debut with five matches for Somerset in the 1985 season, but made little impact until the last match of the season, against Kent at St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury, when he made an unbeaten 78 in 167 minutes as Somerset sought unsuccessfully to force a victory that would have enabled them to avoid finishing bottom of the County Championship.[1]

In 1986, Bail was at Cambridge University and was the university cricket team's "most talented batsman" in the opinion of Wisden, "although until scoring a remarkable maiden hundred against Oxford at Lord's, he did not produce the major innings upon which the University's batting was relying".[2] The "remarkable" innings was one of 174 in the University match, at the time the seventh highest innings in a fixture that dates back to 1829.[3] At the end of the season, he played two further matches for Somerset, his final games for the county.

Bail continued to play for Cambridge University in 1987 and appeared again in the University match that season: his average was, however, only 18.35.[4] His one innings of more than 50 was a score of 90, again in the University match.[5] In 1988, he appeared only four times for Cambridge and did not win a Blue. Those were his final appearances in first-class cricket.

After university, Bail played for a couple of seasons in Minor Counties cricket for Wiltshire. Having played List A cricket for both Somerset and the combined universities side, he appeared twice for Wiltshire in the NatWest Trophy.

Later he played in London club cricket for Richmond Cricket Club, Surrey and for the Club Cricket Conference. His younger brother Stephen also played for Somerset's second eleven.


  1. ^ "Scorecard: Kent v Somerset". 14 September 1985. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "The Universities in 1986". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (1987 ed.). Wisden. p. 640. 
  3. ^ "Scorecard: Cambridge University v Oxford University". 2 July 1986. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "First-class Batting and Fielding in each Season by Paul Bail". Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Scorecard: Cambridge University v Oxford University". 1 July 1987. Retrieved 19 December 2009.