Paceman Chris Tremain hails from the tiny NSW town of Yeoval, but it took him little time to become an honorary Victorian.
Tremain’s short-ball barrage fired the Bushrangers to a nine-wicket victory over NSW at the MCG in his first Sheffield Shield outing since switching states.
Tremain (3-63 from 25 overs) worked tirelessly to limit his old side to 9-271 in their second innings.
Ben Rohrer retired hurt and was unable to return after a brutal Tremain bouncer struck his helmet.
Chasing 131 runs from 33 overs, Rob Quiney (45no) and Marcus Stoinis (84no) scored freely and rapidly to seal the result in the 22nd over.
Stoinis’ lusty hitting was a reminder of his potential, but also a sign of the honest drop-in deck that offered little assistance to bowlers.
“The wicket’s so good. It’s so true that you can dictate what’s going on throughout the whole day as a batter,” Victoria captain Matthew Wade said.
“My hat goes off to the bowlers. That was a flat wicket and they were cooked by the end of it … but still charging in.
“We created something that probably wasn’t there (with the ball).”
Counterpart Peter Nevill agreed.
“We didn’t have enough runs on the board on that wicket … they were chasing too small a score in too many overs,” Nevill said.
“Unfortunately we were outplayed for whole four days I think.”
Tremain made good use of the second new ball, removing Patrick Jackson and Josh Lalor with consecutive deliveries in Monday’s second session.
Gurinder Sandhu survived the hat-trick ball, ducking a bouncer that hurtled in to his back.
It was the same evasive action that Rohrer took against Tremain in the 73rd over, but with far more serious consequences.
Rohrer left the field sitting on the back of a motorised stretcher and was sent for precautionary scans after wearing one on the ear.
Earlier, lunch was called when Tremain had Scott Henry out edging.
Henry had looked well set on 52, having batted for over three hours.
“He bowled good pace,” Wade said of Tremain.
“Last year we probably lacked the out-and-out quick, we didn’t have access to a really quick bowler.
“It makes the other guys bowl so much better as well.”
Legspinner Fawad Ahmed, who turned the ball sharply on Monday, clean bowled Sandhu and Josh Hazlewood to finish with figures of 3-49 from 27 overs.