Happy homecoming for Queanbeyan junior Michael Spaseski

Vele Dukoski is unlikely to be giving his captain Michael Spaseski as many sprays since he has returned to Queanbeyan. Photo:Colleen Petch

Vele Dukoski is unlikely to be giving his captain Michael Spaseski as many sprays since he has returned to Queanbeyan. Photo:Colleen Petch

Michael Spaseski needed a fresh start - and where better to go than back where it all started.

Spaseski has made a long-awaited return to Queanbeyan, desperate to rekindle an era of Bluebags dominance after spending five years at Eastlake.

The star batsman has been lured home to his junior club as Queanbeyan look to return to the Cricket ACT Regional Twenty20 Cup finals.

And wouldn't you know it, his first game back in Queanbeyan colours was against Eastlake - where he played a starring role to gift the Bluebags a five-wicket victory at Neil Bulger Oval on Saturday morning.

Spaseski scored an unbeaten 34* (37) and claimed one scalp with the ball to topple his former club and put the Bluebags on course for a return to the finals.

"I saw the draw and I saw Eastlake straight up, but it was fine," Spaseski laughed.

"I was after something different and I thought there was probably no better place to come back than where I started. It was just something fresh, nothing major, just a simple change.

"[I had] five years at Eastlake and we made good progress over there, but I was just after a change and a freshen up. That was the reason behind the move.

"I enjoyed my time at Eastlake, a good bunch of guys, I have a lot of close mates still there. Like I said before, there was no real major reason for leaving.

"I just wanted something different at the time. I wanted to change it up and keep expanding on my own game, so no harsh feelings there whatsoever."

The ACT Comets batsman has linked up with of old teammates Vele Dukoski - who Spaseski jokes is "quietly happy" about his old mate's return, Dean Solway and Adam Heading.

After Queanbeyan spent a year in the finals wilderness, Spaseski was handed the captaincy and he is adamant "big things" are coming this season.

"There's a lot of young, promising kids coming through which is really good," Spaseski said. 

"It gives you something to work towards so big things expected for the year. [We'll] just keep improving and see where it takes us."

The 27-year-old couldn't replicate his form in round two against Tuggeranong after he was dismissed for one, but it mattered little as Queanbeyan picked up a 29-run win.

The Bluebags lost their round three clash with Western Creek Molonglo. However they secured a semi-final berth and will face Western District-UC at Jamison Oval at 2pm on Sunday.

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