Delaney’s Aces the team to beat during Regional Bash’s Orange pool

FAMILIAR FACE: Former Orange CYMS quick Mick Delaney, pictured taking a wicket for Ginninderra in Canberra, will be in Orange on the weekend as the ACT Aces coach. Photo: JAMILA TODERAS
FAMILIAR FACE: Former Orange CYMS quick Mick Delaney, pictured taking a wicket for Ginninderra in Canberra, will be in Orange on the weekend as the ACT Aces coach. Photo: JAMILA TODERAS

Mick Delaney will return to Orange on Sunday for the first time this season, but it won’t be to pull on the green and gold of CYMS as has been the case in the past.

Delaney will mentor the red-hot ACT Aces during the Orange pool of this year’s Regional Bash.

With Orana and Central West making up two of the four spots in the pool, the ACT and South Coast Crew did battle recently and the side from the nation’s capital was utterly dominant.

The Aces rolled the Crew for just 75 and then needed just 37 balls to reach the target.

The Aces head to Orange this weekend and play the Outlaws on Sunday morning before taking on the Wranglers that afternoon.

The Outlaws and Wranglers, the two western rivals, do battle on Saturday night at Wade Park.

Prior to this season, the Aces had not won a Plan B Regional Bash game but now coach Michael Delaney is eyeing off a run to the grand final at the Sydney Cricket Ground on December 10.

"We've got a really balanced group now with experienced guys who have played lot of rep cricket and some really talented young guys, it's a fantastic mix," Delaney told the Canberra Times recently.

"We've put a fair bit of emphasis on making sure we go as far in this competition as possible this year and if we play our best I definitely think we can win it."

The Aces feature Jono Dean, who plays in Canberra but it also contracted to the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League, as well as his brother Blake and also leading ACT cricketers Ethan Bartlett, Matt Condon and Ben Mitchell.