A century from Bendigo under-14 all-rounder Tobie Travaglia was the highlight of day two of the Northern Rivers Junior Country Week carnival.
Travaglia smashed 100 not out off 82 balls in Bendigo's win over Murray Valley at Harry Trott Oval.
Chasing 67 for victory, Bendigo was in a touch of trouble at 4-33 before Travaglia and Gus Hay combined for a 154-run partnership for the fifth-wicket.
Travaglia hit 14 fours and one six on his home ground, while Hay made 49 off 91 balls before being run out.
Bendigo finished 6-210 off its 40 overs to take a 1-1 record into Wednesday's third round.
Earlier in the day, Bendigo's bowlers set up the win, with opening bowler Oliver Hannaford claiming 3-14 off six overs and Hay (2-4), Lachlan Wilson (2-9) and Kyen Burrill-Grinton (2-8) picking up two wickets each.
Bendigo needs to defeat Goulburn Murray at Bell Oval on Wednesday to qualify for Thursday's grand final.
Bendigo's under-13A team made it two wins from as many games when it defeated Murray Valley at Katunga.
Xavier Grant followed up his good form on day one with a fine all-round game on day two.
Grant took 2-11 with the ball and backed up with 51 not out with the bat as Bendigo recovered from 3-5 to finish 6-117 in reply to Murray Valley's total of 8-84.
Leg-spinner Eamon Austin had figures of 2-13 off seven overs for Bendigo.
Bendigo heads to Rochester on Wednesday to play a Goulburn Murray side that needs to win to make the grand final.
Goulburn Murray (129) went down to Shepparton (4-154) in round two.
Bendigo's under-13B team is also undefeated after two rounds.
Skipper Miller Armstrong led the way for Bendigo in the round two win over Murray Valley.
Armstrong took 3-14 in Murray Valley's innings of 9-139 off 40 overs and then made a quickfire 38 off 31 balls in Bendigo's score of 203.
Oliver McKenzie added 34, while Kai O'Hehir (28 not out) and Lachlan McKay (23 not out) also made valuable contributions.
Bendigo hosts Goulburn Murray at Beischer Park in round three on Wednesday.
Seymour is in the box seat to meet Bendigo in Thursday's final after it defeated Goulburn Murray on Tuesday.
The Bendigo under-14 girls scored their first win of the carnival against Goulburn Murray 2 at Bamawm.
Goulburn Murray 2 batted first and posted 9-100 off its 40 overs.
Rachael Flood had a day out with the ball for Bendigo, claiming 3-7 off six overs.
With the bat it was Natalie Flood who proved to be the match-winner for Bendigo. The opener batted through the innings and was unbeaten on 28 as Bendigo won with four wickets and 10 overs to spare.
Bendigo has the bye on Wednesday.
Bendigo bounced back from its day one defeat to outclass Murray Valley at Cobram.
Jasper Cheesman (58 not out), Brodie Reaper (35), Jack Wilson (28), Max Cahoon (23) and Judd Gilchrist (21) batted well to lead Bendigo to all out 234.
In reply, Murray Valley never looked like chasing down the runs, but the home side did bat through its 45 overs and finished 8-117. Wilson (2-9) and Jack Byrne (2-11) were the pick of the Bendigo bowlers.
Bendigo plays Goulburn Murray at Rushworth on Wednesday in a virtual semi-final. The winner will play Shepparton in Thursday's grand final at Broadford.
Bendigo is through to the grand final on Thursday after defeating Seymour by seven wickets at Weeroona Oval.
All of the Bendigo bowlers did their job as they dismissed the visitors for 96.
Eight bowlers claimed wickets for Bendigo, with Jack McCulloch (2-4) the only multiple wicket-taker.
Mason Horne (23), Declan Stevenson (21) and William Bowles (16 not out) guided Bendigo to 3-99.
Bendigo hosts Goulburn Murray at Dower Park on Wednesday.
Bendigo is a warm favourite for the under-16 title after it cruised to its second big win in as many days.
Bendigo's Callum Thompson (4-7) and Charlie Edwards (2-6) carved through the Murray Valley batting line-up for 90 at Atkins Street.
Will Gilmore (40 not out) and Edwards (34 not out) added an unbroken 84 for the second wicket to see Bendigo home in the 19th over by nine wickets.
Bendigo plays Goulburn Murray at Canterbury Park on Wednesday. Goulburn Murray needs to win to make the final after it lost to Shepparton on day two.
Bendigo has a 4-0 record after two days of the Twenty20 under-17 carnival.
After defeating Shepparton in both of its matches on day one, Bendigo repeated the dose against Seymour at Yea on Tuesday.
In the morning match, Bendigo rolled Seymour for just 71 thanks to fine spells from Tom Purcell (4-9), Nash Robinson (2-9) and skipper James Barri (2-5).
Patrick Murphy (17) and Barri (17) top-scored in Bendigo's reply of 4-73 off 13 overs.
It was a similar tale in the afternoon game. Seymour battled to make 8-67 off its 20 overs.
Max McMurray (2-4), Barri (2-9) and Aidan Clemens (2-17) did the damage with the ball.
Tom Perrin (36 not out off 26 balls) and Robinson (18 not out off 12 balls) guided Bendigo (3-68) home by seven wickets inside eight overs.
The race to play Bendigo in Thursday's final in Seymour remains up in the air.
Shepparton won both of its matches with Goulburn Murray on Tuesday to improve its record to 2-2. Shepparton hosts Murray Valley (3-1) on Wednesday.
Murray Valley kept its final hopes alive after defeating Upper Loddon twice at Huntly on Tuesday.
The first match was a thriller as Murray Valley won by one wicket on the final ball of the game.
Isaac Holt's fine 50 not out lifted Upper Loddon to 6-105 off its 20 overs.
A flurry of late wickets in Murray Valley's innings gave Upper Loddon a chance, but Murray Valley scrambled home largely on the back of 46 from Chase Hardwidge.
Gabe Nevins (4-17) and Harry McKinley (3-20) took seven of the nine wickets for Upper Loddon.
The second match was not so close. Murray Valley bowled Upper Loddon out for just 63 and then took 10 overs to make 1-68.
Upper Loddon hosts Bendigo at Wedderburn on Wednesday.
After having the bye in round one, the Bendigo under-17 girls scored a confidence-boosting win over Shepparton at Mooroopna on day two.
Despite bowling 33 wides and 13 no-balls, Bendigo dismissed Shepparton for 107. Paige Beamish and Amy Bilsborow took two wickets each for Bendigo.
In reply, the highlight for Bendigo was the batting performance of Lila Keck.
Keck made an unbeaten 52 and she received support from Mackenzie Porter (17) as Bendigo passed the total for the loss of seven wickets.
Bendigo hosts Goulburn Murray at Atkins Street on Wednesday, where a win would cement a berth in Thursday's grand final.
Read more: Day one wrap of Junior Country Week
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