Former CYMS all-rounder Mick Delaney went within one blow of inspiring his ACT XI to victory in Wednesday’s curtain-raising Twenty20 against Papua New Guinea, but his side ultimately lost out by just three runs.
The ACT XI slumped out of the box seat late in the game to do so too, although Delaney’s 11 from nine balls almost resurrected the side’s chase at Manuka Oval.
Celebrating his 29th birthday as well, Delaney took the wicket of Dogodo Bau (2) in his first set on the way to 1-31 from three overs.
PNG made 156, with Assad Vala pummeling 59.
Although Aiden Blizzard (0) was caught from the first ball of the ACT’s innings, through Jono Dean (52), John Rogers (40) and Matthew Gilkes (19) the side worked its way to 4-131. At that point ACT needed 26 from 16 balls.
VIDEO: Watch on as Mick Delaney snares the wicket of PNG’s Dogodo Bau on Wednesday night.
The side lost three more wickets in those 16 balls, and despite Delaney’s late flurry couldn’t get over the line, finishing at 7-153.
The game preceeded the Prime Minister’s XI’s loss to Sri Lanka. The Adam Voges-led side lost by five wickets.