AN unbeaten 112 from top-order batsman Andrew Gaul helped United to a win over Golden Gully in their round two Emu Valley Cricket Association match on Saturday.
Chasing the Cobras' 9-231 at California Gully Oval, the Tigers passed their target six wickets down before going on to make 258.
Batting at No.4, Gaul came in with the score at 2-57 and batted through until stumps in what was one of five centuries scored in round two.
The best partnership of the Tigers' innings was the 79 Gaul and Michael Frilay (44) put on for the fifth wicket, taking the score from 4-126 to 205.
That partnership put the Tigers back in the box seat after Golden Gully had picked up two quick wickets in captain Forbes Klemm (25) and Josh White (5).
Earlier, opener Will Horan scored 33, while after his 86 in round one against West Bendigo, Tim Elliott was dismissed for 11.
The win improves the Tigers' record to 2-0 ahead of a big game against reigning premiers Emu Creek next round.
Recruit Cameron Moore was the leading bowler for Golden Gully, taking 4-69 off 21 overs.
Travis Eckardt (2-20) and Phillip Moore (2-24) took two wickets for the Cobras, who are now 0-7 in their past seven games against United.
* West Bendigo and Marong continued their trend of playing thrilling games against each other.
The Redbacks won their first game of the season with a five-run victory over the Panthers at Marong Links Oval.
West Bendigo's five-run win over Marong followed their four-run victory against the Panthers when they met last season, while two years ago the two sides played a tie.
Defending its score of 9-239, West Bendigo bowled Marong out for 234.
The Panthers looked like they would struggle to get anywhere near their target when they crashed to 3-20 and later 5-62, but the middle and lower-order rallied.
Marong's revival was led by No.7 batsman and captain Jeremy Ross, who batted superbly in a knock of 97.
But with the score on 234, Ross was caught by Boe Bish off Ashley Durie to be the last wicket to fall as the Panthers fell agonisingly short with 27 balls still to spare.
Bish's match-winning catch was one of three he took during the innings.
Dylan Tonkin (39) provided solid support to Ross, with the pair adding 68 for the sixth wicket, while No.10 Nick Ede also battled hard under pressure for the Panthers.
Ede made 18 during a 64-run stand with Ross for the ninth wicket, before he was also a victim of Durie when trapped lbw.
Durie (2-32), Michael Kervin (2-42) and captain Dion Prange (2-64) took two wickets each for the Redbacks.
* Mandurang cruised to a comfortable 137-run win over Sedgwick at Pearce Reserve led by a century from opener Matt Giri.
The Rangas resumed at 1-58 in reply to Sedgwick's 197 and answered with 334.
Having started the day 43 not out, Giri smashed 107, which included 12 fours and five sixes in an entertaining knock.
So aggressive was Giri, the score was just 146 when he was dismissed by Jordan Knight.
Veteran Ben Rodda just missed out on scoring his first century for Mandurang.
Rodda finished unbeaten on 92 (11 boundaries) after coming in with the score at 4-146 following the dismissal of Giri.
The only other batsman to make more than 20 for Mandurang - which won its first game of the season - was skipper Warrick Behrens (24).
Sedgwick used 10 bowlers, with Scott McKenzie (3-53) and Knight (3-73) picking up three wickets each.
* Axe Creek scored a respectable 217 against Emu Creek, but still lost by 303 runs.
The Cowboys' 217 was in reply to Emu Creek's massive 7-520 the previous week at JG Edwards Oval.
With such a daunting run-chase ahead of them - they needed to score at 6.9 runs an over to win - the Cowboys' aim was to simply bat out their 75 overs.
They lasted 63.2 overs, with their score of 217 nine runs short of the Emu Creek opening partnership of 226 between Daniel Chamberlain and Shaun Cattanach.
Rob Fisher (48), Ash Dixon (38) and Charles Ready (31) were the best of the Axe Creek batsmen, while No.10 Nick Skeen made an unbeaten 17 to help the Cowboys' last two wickets add 62.
Simon Marwood backed up his 163 not out the previous week with 3-62 off 18 overs, as well as a catch for Emu Creek.
Andrew Harris (2-27) chipped in with two wickets for the Emus in what was a game in which 737 runs were scored.
As well winning its second game of the season, Emu Creek retained the Trent Flower Memorial Trophy the two sides play for each year.
* Spring Gully won its first game of the season, defeating Maiden Gully by 110 runs at Evolution Oval.
After making 9-251 last week, the Crows restricted Maiden Gully to 141.
Coach Damien Dunlop dominated with the ball for the Crows, taking 4-38 off 24 overs in a brilliant bowling performance.
Also bowling well was Shaun Makepeace, who followed up his 111 on day one with 2-19 off 10.4 overs, while Jason Tovey (2-34) took two wickets as well.
Openers Rob Brown (19) and Damian Pearce (10) put on 34 for the first wicket for Maiden Gully.
However, Maiden Gully quickly crashed from 0-34 to 4-39 as its top-order again let it down.
Paul Martin (40) top-scored, while Alex Gorrie made 25 before retiring.
Spring Gully was 0-41 off eight overs in its second innings, with Jarrod Harris (26 n.o.) and captain Jayden Mannix (9 n.o.) enjoying some extra batting practice.
Next round - October 26-November 2: Spring Gully v Golden Gully; West Bendigo v Axe Creek; Maiden Gully v Sedgwick; United v Emu Creek; Marong v Mandurang.