RENEGADES FAIL AGAIN
MELBOURNE Renegades are without a win after a low-scoring loss against Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash twenty20 competition in WA last night.
Chasing Perth's meagre 117, the Renegades managed just 8-111 after being 0-38.
This follows an opening round loss for the Renegades against Melbourne Stars.
Newcomer Yasir Arafat from Pakistan was a match-winner with 3-15 off his four overs for Perth.
Muthiah Miralidaran took 1-13 off four over for the Renegades and paceman Nathan Rimmington 2-14.
BURRUMBEET NEW YEAR'S DAY RACES
NOMINATIONS close today for the Burrumbeet races on New Year's Day next Wednesday.
A seven-race program is scheduled.
WEIR CITY TREBLE
BALLARAT'S Darren Weir increased his lead in the Melbourne metropolitan trainers' premiership with a treble at Caulfield yesterday.
This gives him 20 city wins for the season - four ahead of David Hayes and Peter Moody.
Weir won with three-year-old Rainbow Storm ($7) in the Ken Sturt Handicap, 2000m; So Hasty ($4.60) in the Dennis Hanrahan Handicap, 1400m; and Flying Hostess ($5 equal favourite) in the Frank O'Brien Handicap, 1600m.
Not everything went to plan for Weir on Boxing Day though.
He saddled up two favourites in country cups - Chord in the Nhill Cup and Xavier in the Penshurst Cup.
Each ran well below expectations, finishing last.