SPEEDSTER: Chris Tremain steams in during his good spell against the Scorchers, his side couldn’t get the chocolates though. Photo: GETTY IMAGESFormer Western Zone opening bowler Chris Tremain acquitted himself well with the ball at Etihad Stadium on Thursday night, but his efforts weren’t enough to help his Melbourne Renegades over the line in their second game of the Big Bash League, against the Perth Scorchers.
All the Renegades’ top fivecontributed as the hosts compiled 8-148 from their 20 overs, before Tremain tied up his end with the new-ball, bowling 13 dot balls from his four-over spell –which netted him 0-19.
The Renegades looked to be in control of the game too, until West Indian superstar Dwayne Bravo went down after bowling one over, leaving the Melbourne side down a bowler and one of their star fieldsmen.
Bravo’s injury forced Melbourne skipper Aaron Finch to bowl three overs, which he normally wouldn’t. That proved the decisive factor as Finch charged himself with bowling the final over,from which the Scorchers needed 12 to win.
With the Scorchers needing three from the final ball of the thriller, Finch promptly dished up a rank full toss forAshton Agar (10 not out), who gleefully pumped it for six to seal the win.
That came after Michael Klinger’s 55-ball knock of 72 and Mitch Marsh’s 22-ball 34.
The Renegades will view the loss as a serious missed opportunity after thumping the Sydney Thunder in their opening game a week ago.
Marcus Harris (25), Finch (24), Cameron White (37), Callum Ferguson (28) and Bravo (23) lifted their side to a more than competitive 8-148, Tremain ended the innings 0 not out from two balls.
Klinger, opening the batting, made a huge difference at the top after Shaun Marsh (7) was dismissed early, Tremain taking the catch off the bowling of mesmerising West Indian spinner Sunil Narine.
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