The diamond years of Kaihere Cricket

The diamond years of Kaihere Cricket6 Apr 2022

Something has been stirring underneath Kaihere Cricket Club's "laissez-faire" appearance. Whether it’s the player's passion for the game, or the generational makeup of the club, or its "no d*ckheads" policy, the team known as the Cougars have tapped into something that makes their 100 years of operation a rare feat, but an unsurprising one. "We're not flashy, but we play good cricket," Mike Davis says. 

This year marks the club's centenary, and with the cricket season's end, it also caps off another great result for the Cougars. In March, the team won the Chairman's Trophy in the Waikato Valley B Grade Championship final against Pirongia. It's a back-to-back result after claiming the trophy in 2021. Sam Aislabie, the club's onfield captain and team manager, says Kaihere has been successful in recent years.