An unbeaten century by captain Forbes Klemm ensured United stayed unbeaten in the Emu Valley Cricket Association’s division one competition.
Chasing Golden Gully’s target of 193, United was 5-23 before Klemm took charge at the California Gully ground.
The Tigers skipper went on to score 108 not out in the sweltering heat.
Patrick Hartney played a crucial role in reaching 56 not out as United finished on 6-205.
Best of the Cobras’ attack was Josh Huthcinson, 2-46.
Golden Gully’s innings was led by Nathan Shatwell, 70, and Darren De Marchi, 40.
Best of the United attack were Josh Filo, 3-33, and Rodney Smyth, 2-46.
West Bendigo’s target of 230 was too much for Emu Creek to chase at Ken Wust Oval.
An opening stand of 124 by captain Dion Prange and Matthew Dwyer set the Redbacks on the way to a big score on their wicket.
Dwyer hit a match-high 79, while Prange, 55, and veteran Ken Bell, 48 not out, were in hot form in the first match since Christmas-New Year.
Leading wicket-takers for the Emus were Justin Hancock, 2-37, and Daniel Chamberlain, 2-45.
A four-wicket haul by Boe Bish for just 22 runs played a big part in West Bendigo’s victory.
Brad McHugh, 2-31, also bowled well against a batting order led by Shane Hamilton, 42, and Khan Birtles, 36.
Spring Gully broke its season “duck” after bowling out Maiden Gully for 176 at Evolution Oval.
The Crows scored 7-195 as Jarrod Quirk, 48, captain Ricky Mannix, 46, and Jaryn Wishart, 31 not out, led the way.
Maiden Gully skipper Mark Roberts captured 3-40, and Robert Binks took 2-28.
In the chase, Maiden Gully fell to 6-81 before Brenden Pearce, 53, Jason Lee, 30, and Damian Pearce, 29, led the fightback.
Nick Manley’s third wicket was the last to fall as Maiden Gully was dismissed for 176.
The Crows’ attack was led by Manley, 3-33, Peter Stepien, 2-26, and Matthew Hind, 2-41.
Mandurang won a thrilling clash at Marong Links Oval by four runs.
The Panthers’ attack, led by Zach Samuel, 3-10, Nick Ede, 2-13, and Dean Cosgrigg, 2-32, bowled exceptionally well to dismiss Mandurang for 111.
Best with the bat were Cain Ladiges, 23, Michael Healy, 18, and Geoff McLean, 16 not out.
The Panthers fell to 3-15 in the chase, but fought back through the play of Andrew Gladstone, 27, and Adam Brown, 19, before they were eventually dismissed for 107 runs.
Mandurang’s Leigh Haw captured 4-17, while McLean completed a great match by taking 3-17.
Sedgwick celebrated an 18-run win against Axe Creek at Longlea.
Veteran Scott McKenzie finished on 66 not out as Sedgwick scored 6-195.
Jordan Knight, 28, Brock Watts, 26, captain Dustin Elliott, 21, and Steven Pope, 20, made starts.
Best of the Cowboys attack were Travis Nolan, 3-39, and captain Jamie Morgan, who took 2-32.
In the chase, Axe Creek was well placed at 4-162 after Rob Fisher hit a team-high 68 runs.
The Cowboys then lost 6-15 to be dismissed for 177.
Sedgwick took three wickets when the score was on 162, and then Sam Alcock and wicket-keeper Jordan Sparks combined to take the last three wickets through stumpings.
Knight reigned supreme with the ball as he captured 5-28, and Alcock finished with 4-29.
Meanwhile, the Northern United Cricket Association season resumed on Saturday afternoon.
Goornong opening bowler Luke Bennett was in top form as he captured 5-9 in Heathcote’s innings of 118.
The Goornong line-up was in strife at 9-99 before Bennett, 24 not out, and Wes White, two not out, joined forces in a last-wicket stand of 29 to clinch an exciting victory on Heathcote’s turf at Barrack Reserve.