New South Wales' bid for a third successive National Indigenous Cricket Championships crown began in fine fashion on Monday.
The Blues took on the Northern Territory in the first of two Twenty20 matches to start the carnival at Alice Springs and utterly dominated the hosts in a stunning 137-run victory.
The sheer strength of the NSW side was shown by Brock Larance, the young Dubbo all-rounder and leading wicket-taker at last season's championships, wasn't needed with bat or ball.
Larance was named in the squad alongside fellow Dubbo junior Ben Patterson and the current Campbelltown-Camden man made a real impact in the victory.
Patterson belted 36 not out from 11 balls late in NSW's innings to guide the side to an imposing total of 4/183 from its 20 overs.
Patterson added a late flourish after former Parkes representative and Western Zone captain Pat Rosser had pummelled the Northern Territory attack early.
Rosser hit four boundaries and four sixes on his way to top-scoring for the Blues with 52 from 46 balls.
The Blues were never in any danger during the Northern Territory innings as wickets feel at regular intervals almost immediately.
The hosts were reduced to 3/8 and then 6/27 before ultimately being bowled out for just 46.
South Australia and Queensland also scored round one wins on Monday morning.
Three different bowlers took two wickets each while tearaway Patterson finished with 0/9 from three overs.
The Blues took on South Australia in the afternoon contest.
South Australia had posted 9/115 from its 20 overs at the time of print.
Larance marked his first appearance with 2/27 from four overs in that game while Patterson again went wicketless.
The Dubbo duo and their teammates enjoy two days off before returning to competition against Tasmania on Thursday.