All-rounder helps Te Awamutu shine
A brilliant all-round performance from Zack Gibson was the catalyst for an excellent Te Awamutu victory in Waikato Valley club cricket on Saturday.
In their Peter Bennett Cup clash against hosts Tokoroa at David Foote Park, Te Awamutu ended up cruising to a six-wicket victory.
Tokoroa scored at a rapid rate, with Tom Fergusson (82) and Anthony Meacheam (72) making the bulk of the runs.
However, thanks to opening bowler Gibson's 4-45 off 10 overs, Tokoroa were dismissed in 39.3 overs, on 275.
Gibson came in at No 5 in Te Awamutu's chase and smacked 85, which included five fours and six sixes, to lead the visitors to victory in 45.1 overs.
Thanks to four half centuries, Otorohanga posted a huge 342-9 against Waitete at the Otorohanga Domain.
Ollie Kay (66), Daniel Bott (65), Leighton Parsons (56), Robbie Miller (54) and Shaun Beattie (48no) were the main contributors, before Scott Mouat's 4-4 helped roll the visitors for just 92 in a monstrous 250-run win.
At Pohlen Park in Matamata, hosts Hinuera B defeated Pirongia by 39 runs.
No 3 Suhas Shanbhogue stroked 11 fours to make 52 off just 43 balls, while opener and captain Neil Bell made 65 off 84 as the hosts got to 215 all out in the 49th over.
In response, Kelvin Austin's 3-16 off five overs helped dismiss Pirongia for 176.
There were comfortable run chases for Cambridge and Kaipaki, who both won by eight wickets.
After Ben Richards' 4-37 ensured Taumarunui were bowled out for 126, Ben Stinson's 55 then led Cambridge to victory at Taumarunui High School.
Kaipaki won their fourth match on the trot, outclassing the Indian Aroma Raiders at Albert Park in Te Awamutu.
Ben Schilt took 4-4, while Waikato rugby player Marcel Cummings-Toone was tidy with 1-28 off 10 overs on the trot, as the Raiders were all out for 147 in the 37th over.
In reply, a quickfire 86 not out from Corey Hyde got Kaipaki to victory in 25 overs.
In the last round of the Mike Cotter Cup division Waikare finished unbeaten after thrashing hosts Paeroa by nine wickets at Centennial Park. After electing to bat, Paeroa were in early trouble and continued to lose wickets, slumping to 86-7, before they managed to post 139 all out in the 30th over.
Waikare medium pacer Mike Olphert finished with a superb 6-50 off his 10 overs, while Jeff Lyons claimed 3-31 off his allotment.
Waikare made short work of the target, reaching victory in the 29th over.
The father and son opening combination of Stephen and Mitchell Hickey put on 104 for the first wicket.
Stephen was especially aggressive, particularly against anything short, and he went on to finish the game unbeaten on 93.