ARGUABLY Orange’s sharpest fast bowler, Jono Warren is no stranger to going head-to-head with opposition batsmen looking to wield the axe against the new ball.
But it’s a different form of axe restricting the 21-year-old’s cricket output this summer.
The drummer for the indie-rock band The Steptones, Warren is spending more time jamming with guitars than bowling at bats but will be on hand as Orange looks to firm its grip on the 2013-14 President’s Cup in Bathurst tomorrow.
The blue bags tackle the Blue Mountains at George Park and an Orange win would take the ODCA representative outfit one step closer to its first piece of Mitchell Cricket Council silverware since 2009-10.
Warren is looking forward to the opportunity.
“I’m bowling alright. I’ve played two games with City and thought I bowled pretty well in the last game [for Orange] against Bathurst,” Warren said, taking 1-31 and 0-13 in his two games with Orange City this season.
“I can’t wait to get out there and take a few wickets and help the team towards a victory.”
Looking for consistency over results, Orange has won one open representative game this summer - a thrilling 17-run victory over Bathurst - while suffering two large defeats against zone powerhouse sides Dubbo and Parkes.
Studying music at the Australian National University in Canberra, Warren’s music commitments have resulted in his notable absence from Orange’s two losses this summer.
Recording commitments will also restrict his input for Orange City over the back half of the summer but while he’s here, Warren said he’d always put his hand up for Orange’s open outfit.
“I’m back over the course of summer and playing for City so I’m happy to fill in for rep when they need me,” he said.
“I’m not sure how long I’ll be sticking around in Orange but for as long as I’m around I’m happy to put my hand up.”
Likely to face seamer-friendly conditions in George Park tomorrow, Orange is one win away from an all-but unassailable lead in the President’s Cup race.
Orange all-rounder James Conn is out with a shoulder injury.
Mudgee is the only other side to win a President’s Cup game this summer.
They face Bathurst tomorrow.
The Orange versus Blue Mountains clash begins at 10am tomorrow at George Park.
ORANGE: Matt Findlay (c), Charles Litchfield, John Warrington, Matt Baker, James Ryan, Jake Pauletto, Matt Corben, Lincoln Duncan, Jono Warren, Jackson Coote, Ed Morrish, Dan Sandford, Chris Novak.