He first did it at Easts in Armidale and now Mitch Foster is following in his father's footsteps in Gunnedah.
Just like Matt Foster did many moons ago, Mitch has linked up with Mornington.
And in another parallel to his dad - and granddad Don - Mitch has been taking the new ball in hand.
"I love opening the bowling," Mitch said.
"I started from the bottom in third grade [in Armidale]. I always got the old ball and moved my way up to open in first grade.
"You just get it to swing more. You can do more things with the ball and get to bowl to the better batsmen."
Mitch has heard stories over the years about his dad's time in Gunnedah and is able to create his own after landing a job as a diesel mechanic at MPC Earthmoving.
He's almost finished the first year of his apprenticeship and "loving it".
Mitch would also love to make a grand final in Gunnedah and while that's a long way off, Mornington has started the season well.
They have four wins from six rounds of cricket including last week's win against Albion.
It was a low-scoring affair that saw Mornington defend 85. Despite the low score, captain Rhyce Kliendienst remained confident.
"I thought we could take anywhere between three and six wickets in 10 overs and we'd have them on the ropes," he said.
They did that. The opening spells from Foster (4-19) and Kliendienst (3-7) reduced Albion to 6-19.
Jimmy Mack (32) top-scored for the game but it wasn't quite enough as Albion were all out for 78.
Despite the opening display by the pair, Kliendienst said he'd give his opening role back to Nick Millar when he returned.
"I'd rather bowl first change. I bowl just as good with an old ball," he said.
"When Nick's back and Mitch is there, I'll bowl first change but then we'll see how everyone's going after Christmas and then around finals time."
Mornington will clash with Kookaburras this weekend while Albion will play Court House.