BEFORE ripping through Tasmania earlier this month, Chris Tremain admitted to trying a little too hard with the ball this summer.
Playing his third first class match for New South Wales against a Ricky Ponting-inspired Tasmania, the Yeoval product took four wickets in the space of three overs to help dismiss the Tigers and give the Blues a glimmer of hope.
The Sheffield Shield match ended in a draw, but Tremain was the big winner out of the contest.
“Distraught” with his bowling before beginning the demolition job, the former Orange District Cricket Association cricketer of the year said a quiet word during the tea break from stand-in skipper Ben Rohrer was the catalyst for the destructive spell.
“Before I took the four wickets I hadn’t been bowling all that well,” Tremain admitted before taking career-best first class figures of 5-57.
“Benny Rohrer, who was captaining at the time, came up to me and asked me to start after the break.
“I thought why on earth would you want me to bowl after the way I had been going, but he said I just needed to work into my spell instead of going hammer and tong from the start.
“I put more emphasis on working into my bowling and the ball started moving in the air, it was coming out of my hand better... it was like walking on sunshine. The longer games toy with your emotions a bit but I’m enjoying it.”
Tremain has been named in the Speedblitz Blues squad to tackle South Australia in a four-day game from today at the Adelaide Oval.
He’ll be joined by the likes of Brad Haddin and Doug Bollinger as well as Western Zone products Scott Henry and Trent Copeland, while skipper Stephen O’Keefe makes his return from a hand injury.
Looking to add to his already impressive bag of 14 first class wickets in just three Shield games, Tremain said the Redbacks’ line-up, as well as the predicted flat deck at the Adelaide Oval, will make life tough for the visitors.
“It’s going to be hot, it’s already 39 degrees here,” Tremain said.
“It’ll be different to anywhere I’ve ever played before, but I’m looking forward to it. The ball will hopefully scuff up a bit sooner and we’ll try to get it to reverse (swing) a bit.”
A weapon he could potentially use against Dan Christian and Tom Cooper, two former University of NSW players like Tremain.
“Whenever a couple (Bumble) Bees go up against one another it’s always interesting,” Tremain laughed.
“It’ll be good to get a few wickets, including theirs.”
NSW takes on South Australia in the Bupa Sheffield Shield from today.
n BLUES: Stephen O’Keefe (c), Trent Copeland, Doug Bollinger, David Dawson, Brad Haddin, Scott Henry, Nic Maddinson, Peter Nevill, Ben Rohrer, Gurinder Sandhu, Chris Tremain, Adam Zampa.