Cats’ season starts smoothly

Macedon started off with a strong campaign across the board in the Gisborne and District Association with each of its three senior men’s sides coming away with wins.

As last year’s Johnstone Shield premiers, the Cats wasted no time returning to form.

They chased down Gisborne’s total of 130 in 32 overs. New recruit Tim Berzins top scored for the Cats with 28 in his first game.

Meanwhile the Cats’ second 11 outlasted Riddell, while the thirds won due to a Hanging Rock forfeit.

Cats president Steve Harrison said young player Ed Ferguson put together an impressive match in his first senior appearance.

Ferguson claimed four wickets and conceded just 14 runs in his five over stint with the ball.

Harrison said he was also pleased with Gabriel Yow Yeh, who chipped in down the tail end with 15 handy runs and bowled a tidy four overs that included a maiden.

Harrison said things were looking positive around the club, on and off the field.

“We’ve grown, I think we’re at 14 teams across seniors and juniors which is great, because I can remember when we were down to about six teams,” he said.

“This is the first time we’ve run two girls teams and our women’s team are in their first year as well.”

Harrison said the club had also been boosted by some new nets at the Tony Clarke Reserve, as well as new surfaces on their two home grounds.

“We were chasing new nets for six or seven years, that was always part of our strategy, because it’s always difficult to attract anyone with older facilities,” he said.

“We’re a great club to be part of, we have a lot of fun, and I think that’s showing on the field.”