Monty joins the county 200 club

LANGTOFT bowler Richard Montgomery has received a commemorative tie to mark his 200 appearances for the Northants Bowling Federation. It is also recognition for his services to the sport for more than five decades.

He received the award from national president Trevor Harris after helping his county executive retain the Eversley Trophy at the EBF championships in Newark.

“It is a great honour, ” said Richard who fondly recalled his first appearance in 1966 at the Brotherhoods green in Peterborough against Notts. “It rained the whole game and I didn’t have any waterproofs.”

Inspired and influenced by his bowling parents Ken and Marjorie, he won the Northants junior title in 1968 and was runner-up in the nationals at Skegness that year.

Richard was also a member of the Northants side that won the indoor inter-county Derbyshire Trophy in 2006 and the Eversley Trophy on three occasions.

In more than 50 years associated with the county he won the national indoor pairs (with Martyn Dolby) in 2010 – the year he was national president – was county president (2006-7), competition secretary and Derbyshire Trophy captain.

FOOTNOTE: ‘Monty’ and others of his generation, could have made even more appearances but until more recent years, the records show only the skips of the rinks who represented the county! BW