OH YEAH: Orange’s Chris Tremain (left), with Steve O’Keefe, has been selected in the NSW Sheffield Shield side for this week’s match. Photo: GETTY IMAGESORANGE quick Chris Tremain is preparing to make his first class debut after being named in the New South Wales squad to take on Victoria in the final Sheffield Shield match of 2011-12 at the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The Yeoval product is one of three seam bowlers, along side Bathurst quick Trent Copeland and right-arm Randwick-Petersham spearhead Scott Coyte, yesterday named in the 12-man squad to take on the Victorians in a four-day game starting Thursday.
A final 11 will be named on the morning of the match but the early signs point towards Tremain making the cut.
“Obviously the selectors can’t put anything in black and white at the moment, but when I got the call on Monday they said to me there is only three seamers in the 12, come to the ground prepared to play,” Tremain said.
“I’m pretty excited, but I’ll try to keep a level head.
“I’m jumping out of my skin to pull on the blue cap and play for my state.”
His selection in the NSW squad caps off a remarkable rise through the ranks for the former Kinross Wolaroi tearaway.
In solid form for his University of NSW side in the Sydney Grade Cricket competition this summer, Tremain soon made his debut in NSW colours, taking 2-32 against Western Australia in their Ryobi Cup clash at the WACA ground last month.
His 31 scalps at 20.29 this year have obviously made those who count sit up and take notice.
But Tremain knows he can get better.
After taking the wickets of Travis Birt and Luke Ronchi in his first state outing on February 22, Tremain admits to being a little nervous about taking the new ball at a place many believe is the home of fast bowling.
“Obviously at the WACA, I watched the game the other day and it looked like my rhythm was a bit off,” he concedes.
“I have had a problem in the past with front-foot no balls and with it being a free hit in the one-dayers, I looked a bit hesitant.
“If I can get my rhythm right without having to worry about free hits, I’ll be able to go out there and just look to bowl well and keep things tight.”
Tremain, 20, is just one of a number of promising young cricketers being given a shot at the Sheffield Shield level by NSW selectors this summer.
Young batsman Nic Maddinson is another at just 19 years old.
Tremain believes the enthusiasm both he and the likes of Maddinson have brought to the Blues over the back end of the season will propel NSW – set to miss out on both the Shield and one-day finals this year – into a successful 2012-13 campaign.
“Stephen O’Keefe said in the huddle after we won (at the WACA) that it was great to have young blood in the team. He said the team was just going through its paces in the previous couple of games and to get young blood in wanting to play for their state was great,” Tremain said.
NSW BLUES: Stephen O’Keefe (captain), Trent Copeland, Scott Coyte, David Dawson, Phil Hughes, Simon Katich, Usman Khawaja, Nic Maddinson, Peter Nevill, Ben Rohrer, Steven Smith, Chris Tremain.
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