New captain Josh Thompson and coach Jon Nicoll guided Wagga City to a comfortable win over Lake Albert on Saturday.
The premiers never looked troubled as they chased down the 107 needed to win at Geoff Lawson Oval.
Thompson finished unbeaten on 46 while Nicoll was at the other end of 43.
The new Cats leader was impressed by how the season started.
“It was a good start and I didn’t expect it to go so one-sided,” Thompson said.
“We got off to a bit of a shaky start when we lost Maxy (Aaron Maxwell) second ball.
“(But) Jono and I steered the ship a little bit and weren’t really in too much trouble I suppose.
“We were just ticking along and the run rate got us to where we wanted to be.”
Harry Rosengren surprised with the ball the as took three wickets
Better known as a batsmen, the 16-year-old snared the dangerous Kurt Robertson (0) early plus Nathan Smith (12) and Sean Gaynor (13).
Thompson was pleased with his efforts.
“He’s a batsman but has been bowling off spin in the nets and looks alright,” he said. “On the turf he bowled unreal.
“He took 3-14 and bowled a wicket maiden off his four overs.”
Ryan Jamieson was the best of the Lake Albert batsmen before he was run out by Maxwell for 31.
He was the only Bull to make it past 15 as his side finished at 9-106.
Wagga City reached the target with four overs to spare.