Joe Pierre's quick-fire 36 helped Takeley beat Matching Green and retain the Boardmans Davies Cup at Bishop's Stortford's Cricketfield Lane
Joe Pierre's quick-fire 36 helped Takeley beat Matching Green and retain the Boardmans Davies Cup at Bishop's Stortford's Cricketfield Lane on Sunday.
His knock earned him the man-of-the-match award as the defending champions triumphed by 20 runs.
Takeley batted first in the final – which had been mentioned by former England captain Nasser Hussain on Sky Sports earlier in the day – and were 55 without loss at the 10-overs halfway stage.
The scoring rate increased thanks to some big hitting from Pierre and Tom Brown (26) and their innings closed on 144 for 5 after 20 overs. Matt Taylor (2 for 27) was the pick of the bowlers.
Matching Green lost opener Riz Akram to a direct-hit run out by Tom Gilles early on and struggled to gain momentum.
A good stand of 59 between Simon Hartnell and Will Cutlan-Smith kept them in it, but boundaries were hard to come by and they ended on 124 for 6.
Tight bowling by Coby Miles (2 for 18) and his brother Ollie (1 for 22) helped Takeley's cause, backed up by some good fielding.
Pierre was presented with his man-of-the-match prize by Bishop's Stortford president Grahame Smith while Andy Gilder and Martin Sedgewick were thanked for organising things on the day.
A successful 59th running of the competition was completed with the news that a collection had raised £400 for Hastingwood-based St Clare Hospice.