BENDIGO'S under-14 cricket squad made a strong start to the Northern Rivers Junior Country Week on Monday.
Country Week involves under-14 and under-16 teams from Bendigo, Seymour, Shepparton, Campaspe and Murray Valley.
Bendigo opened the under-14 tournament with a 100-run win over Seymour at Strathfieldsaye.
An unbeaten 54 from Strathdale's Daniel Clohesy was the highlight of Bendigo's total of 9-184 off 40 overs.
Strathfieldsaye's Mitch Cheesman made a quickfire 41 not out in the latter overs to boost Bendigo's tally.
Earlier, Bendigo's Pat Blandford made a well-compiled 27.
In reply, Seymour was always on the back foot against a disciplined bowling attack.
Strathdale's Sean O'Farrell (2-5 off four overs) did the damage early.
White Hills' off-spinner Jack Bourke (2-6 off four overs) Strathfieldsaye off-spinner Liam Brown (2-9 off four overs) bowled well through the middle overs.
White Hills' paceman Brodie Bull (2-28 off eight overs) was on a hat-trick.
Bendigo's second round match is against Shepparton at Tallygaroopna on Tuesday.
Shepparton opened the tournament with a 62-run win over Murray Valley, while Shepparton Colts' stunned Campaspe with a 14-run win at Mathoura.
The top two teams after Wednesday's third round clash in the grand final at Strathmerton on Thursday.
Bendigo's under-16 side suffered a first round loss to Seymour at Dower Park.
Seymour made 7-163 off its 45 overs before dismissing Bendigo for 97.
No batting and bowling details for Bendigo were supplied.
Bendigo must defeat Shepparton at Tatura on Tuesday to have any chance of making Thursday's final.
In other round one under-16 games, Shepparton (2-112) had few troubles in chasing down Murray Valley's total of 106.
In a low-scoring game at Echuca, Campaspe (67) defeated Shepparton Colts (45) by 22 runs.
The under-16 grand final is at Cobram on Thursday.