Leonard does his bit in batting blitz

A quick-fire half century from Chiefs rugby player Brendon Leonard helped guide Kaipaki to an astounding total in their Waikato Valley club cricket match against Taumarunui on Saturday.

At the Kaipaki Oval the home side blasted 441-5 from 50 overs in their Peter Bennett Cup one-day clash, as they went on to win the match by a massive 279 runs.

Winning the toss, Kaipaki smashed the ball to all parts, with Leonard's 54-ball knock being backed up by John Skleners (56), Corey Hyde (46), Jarrid Foster (41 no) and Chris Steffert (30).

However, the biggest highlight was the innings of Fraser Kilgour, who smashed 149 from just 75 deliveries.

The right-hander plundered 12 sixes and hit four on the trot to take 29 off one over.

In reply Taumarunui were dismissed for 162 in the 27th over, with Chris Hurren (3-7 off three overs) and Foster (3-41 off seven) doing most of the damage.

Meanwhile, Cambridge hammered Pirongia by eight wickets at the Pirongia Rugby Ground.

Pirongia was bundled out for 72, with Nick Feast (4-22) and Kelsyn Halligan (3-21) the chief destroyers.

At Albert Park, hosts Te Awamutu thrashed the Indian Aroma Raiders by 111 runs.

Opener Carl Warner led the way for the home team with 51, while the pick of the bowlers was Amay Sathe, who claimed 4-36 off 10 overs as Te Awamutu finished 168-8.

It was a dismal reply from the Raiders, with just two players reaching double figures. They made 57, bowled out in 18.4 overs.

In the penultimate round of the Mike Cotter Cup division, a splendid fightback from Waikare overshadowed a fine all-round day for Morrinsville's Sam Cooper.

Hosts Waikare snuck home by two wickets at the Te Kauwhata Domain.

The visitors were sent in and made a steady start, but then began to lose wickets regularly and were all out for 186 in 33 overs. Opener Cooper made the most of his dropped chances to finish with 67, while Michael Wratt also contributed with an unbeaten 41.

In their chase Waikare were in trouble at 31-5 after eight overs.

However, a 50-run stand for the seventh wicket got things back on track, then an impressive 75-run partnership for the eighth, between Jeff Lyons and Stephen Hickey, steered the home side to victory in the 29th over.

Lyons finished unbeaten on 68, while Hickey made 45.

Cooper finished with 4-37 off nine overs but it wasn't to be his day.

There was a close finish in the 40-over match between Te Aroha and hosts Paeroa at Centennial Park.

Todd Hogan's 4-18 off eight overs helped restrict the visitors to 190-9, before Joel Hogan's unbeaten 76 helped Paeroa home with one wicket in hand and four balls to spare.

Waikato Times