THE last time Josh Bennett and Chris Tremain faced off against each other they were playing for Orange City and Kinross respectively.
Today they battle once more, but at a much higher level.
Bennett will represent the ACT Comets, while Tremain lines up for the Sydney Thunder in the franchises’ final trial game before the 2013 Big Bash League starts.
Bennett, the reigning New South Wales Country Cricketer of the Year, moved from Orange to Newcastle before shifting again to Canberra this season.
He views the trial game as just that, a trial, and said after representing North Sydney in the Sydney grade Twenty20 competition this was another chance to get his name out there.
“Honestly, it’s tough to impress much in T20,” he said.
“It is more of a trial for them to work out the kinks than anything. But I guess it is still a chance for everyone, you never know, if I bowl fast and take some wickets someone might be watching.”
Bennett plays club cricket for Queanbeyan District Cricket Club, and made the move to the ACT after winning a premiership with the University of Newcastle.
He has since played three games for the Comets in the Futures League.
“It was definitely the right move for me,” he said.
“I’m seriously looking forward to it. The chance to play on ANZ Stadium is too good to pass up.”
Tremain, now a fully contracted NSW Blues player, said Bennett should relish the opportunity.
“Brad Haddin once gave me the best bit of advice about making your way in cricket,” Tremain explained.
“He said ‘every time you walk on the field, you’re making an impression’. It takes a long time to make a name for yourself, so Joshy needs to continue making his impression in every game he plays whether it’s for his club, in futures or in this type of thing.”