Wet weather helped Gisborne open its Bendigo Country Week division one campaign with a victory on Monday.
Gisborne was 2-109 in the 23rd over chasing Wangaratta's imposing total of 5-264 off 50 overs when heavy rain hit the White Hills ground.
Play was unable to resume and Gisborne won the match on the Duckworth-Lewis system.
After 22 overs the par score under Duckworth-Lewis was 94, leaving Gisborne 15 runs in front.
Gisborne had been in trouble at 2-36 before Riley Vernon (47 not out) and skipper Kieran Atkin (41 not out off 39 balls) put the foot down to ensure their side stayed ahead of the par score.
Earlier, Wangaratta had batted impressively to post 5-264.
Opening batsman John Matchett set the tone for Wangaratta by making a brisk 59 off 50 balls. Matchett hit 11 fours and one six in his 59 runs.
Tafadzwa Tsiga took over and made an unbeaten 71 off 92 balls to ensure Wangaratta scored more than 250.
Warren Else was the pick of the Gisborne bowlers with 1-28 off his 10 overs.
Murray Valley scored a crucial win over arch-rival Goulburn Murray at Rochester.
Murray Valley's bowlers set up the win with a fine performance with the ball.
Matthew Jaensch (4-21) and Adam Decicco (3-20) were the chief destroyers as Murray Valley bowled out Goulburn Murray for 106.
Goulburn Murray lost its way after falling from 3-61 to 8-75. Daniel Coombs top-scored with 22.
In reply, Murray Valley lost opener Wian Van Zyl and number three Kieran Andrew both for ducks.
Sam Dorsey (50 not out off 73 balls), opener Bradley Todd (28) and skipper Decicco (17 not out) dug in to get Murray Valley over the line by six wickets.
Opening bowler Darcy Elliott (2-21) was good with the ball for Goulburn Murray.
Emu Valley (5-108) defeated Grassmere (107) in the carnival-opener under lights at the QEO on Sunday.
In division two, Maryborough opened with a 25-run win over Castlemaine at Wesley Hill.
After being sent into bat, Maryborough openers Justin Bramble (35) and Sam Bartlett (25) added 57 for the first wicket.
However, Brable's departure sparked a top-order collapse of 5-16 to leave the visitors 5-73.
Bradey Tranter saved the day for Maryborough by hitting three sixes and six fours in a fine 58.
He combined with Ashley Gunn (18) to add 77 for the sixth wicket as Maryborough finished with 169.
Josh Henry (3-31), Alister Brasher (3-23) and John Watson (2-4) were the key wicket-takers for Castlemaine.
Beauden Rinaldi (45) and Bailey Henderson (34) batted well at the top of the order for Castlemaine.
At 3-100 Castlemaine was well-placed for victory, but its middle and lower order fell away badly.
The home side lost its final seven wickets for 44 runs to be all out for 144.
Steven Dellavedova (3-37), Gunn (2-32) and Mick Malik (2-29) led the way with the ball for Maryborough.
Opening bowler Kane Goldsworthy and skipper James Harney led Northern United to victory over Murray Valley.
Harney made 49 off 54 balls and Goldsworthy added 20 off 27 balls as Northern United was bowled out for just 122.
Rory Knight (4-16) did the damage for Murray Valley, while Aaron Harding and Ben Lukies chipped in with two wickets each.
Northern United needed a strong performance with the ball and Goldsworthy provided it.
The opening bowler took 5-15 to restrict his former association to 8-104 before rain stopped play.
Northern United won the game on Duckworth Lewis.
Luke Quinn (35) and Lachlan Hyde (27) were the only Murray Valley batsmen to score more than six.
The Wimmera-Mallee and Northern Districts game at Wade Street was a draw after rain stopped play seven overs into the second innings.
Opening pair Tendai Maruma and Isaac McPherson put on 88 for Wimmera-Mallee.
McPherson fell for 32 before Maruma went on to make 65 off just 72 balls.
Nick Hudson (22) was the only other player in the top seven to reach double figures as Wimmera-Mallee was dismissed for 202.
Sam O'Shea (3-19) and Garry Lolicato (3-36) were impressive with the ball for Northern Districts.
With rain looming, Northern Districts chased quick runs.
Clayton Holmes (24 not out off 18 balls) and Kurt Brereton (22) made a strong start to have Northern Districts 1-54 in the seventh over.
However, heavy rain hit to wash out play and Duckworth Lewis didn't come into play because Northern Districts hadn't batted for enough overs.
Tuesday's round two schedule:
Division one - Gisborne v Emu Valley at Weeroona Oval, Murray Valley v Wangaratta at Bell Oval, Grassmere v Goulburn Murray at Wade Street.
Division two - Murray Valley v Wimmera-Mallee at Strathfieldsaye, Northern Districts v Red Cliffs at North Bendigo, Northern United v Maryborough at Huntly.
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