Bendigo’s under-13B and under-15 teams scored impressive wins on day two of Northern Rivers Junior Country Week.
The under-15s moved a step closer to a grand final berth by defeating Shepparton by 41 runs at Strathfieldsaye.
After winning the toss and batting, Bendigo openers Bradman Constable and James Barri laid a strong foundation for the home side.
Barri fell for 23 with the score on 64 before Constable went on to make 53.
From 3-120 Bendigo lost its final seven wickets for just 12 runs and was dismissed for 132.
Reece Mulvihill took 4-20 for Shepparton.
In reply, Shepparton never looked like reeling in the Bendigo score.
Reily Menhenett (38) was the only batsman to reach double figures as Bendigo bowled Shepparton out for 91 in the 25th over.
Aidan Clemens (3-30) was the most successful Bendigo bowler.
Bendigo (2-0) plays fellow unbeaten side Goulburn Murray in Rochester on Wednesday. The winner will cement a final berth, while the loser will rely on a strong net run rate to advance.
Upper Loddon under-15s didn’t play on Tuesday after Seymour forfeited.
Upper Loddon needs to score a big win over Murray Valley at Rochester on Wednesday to have any chance of qualifying for the grand final.
Bendigo’s under-13 teams had mixed results on Tuesday.
The under-13B squad scored its first win of the carnival when it defeated Murray Valley by 100 runs.
Bendigo had six players reach double figures in their imposing total of 4-174 off 40 overs.
Tadhg McBurney led the way with 24 retired, while Anderson Pithie (23 retired) and Declan Stevenson (21 retired) also batted impressively.
In a strong team bowling performance, eight Bendigo bowlers claimed at least one wicket in Murray Valley’s innings of 74.
Noah Cain (2-3) and Lachlan Ross (2-8) were the multiple wicket-takers.
The under-13B side plays Seymour at Tallarook in Wednesday’s third round.
The under-13A Bendigo squad went down to Shepparton in a thrilling clash at Huntly.
Bendigo posted 7-99 off its 40 overs. Henry Edwards (18), Jasper Cheesman (18) and Max Cahoon (16) were the best with the bat.
Bendigo’s Jack Wilson and Judd Gilchrist did their best to bowl Bendigo to victory.
Wilson claimed 4-15 and Gilchrist 3-22, but Shepparton snuck over the line with one wicket and one over to spare.
Bendigo plays Goulburn Murray at Bamawm on Wednesday.
The winner will advance to Thursday’s grand final at Barooga.
No scores were submitted for Bendigo’s two under-17 Twenty20 matches against Shepparton.
Bendigo is scheduled to play Goulburn Murray in the final round of under-17 games at Tongala on Wednesday.
Related: day one photo gallery
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