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The History of the Montgomery Cricket Club

Montgomery Cricket Club was founded in 2006 and is made up of players primarily from the Southend-on-Sea area.

The founding members of the club were Christopher Smith, Matthew Couzens, Mark Aggus, James Mooney, Keith Baker, Daniel Champ, Ashley Drake, Richard Page, Jonathan Gillies, Tom Smith and Adam Murray.

Over time the club's regular players now also include Oliver Pidgeon, Robert Clayton, John Aggus, and Gareth Turner.

Like many great ideas, the concept for the club was born in a pub - The Lamb Tavern in Leadenhall Market and has grown in stature and scale since this first beer-soaked tete-a-tete, through to the first nets session at St. Christopher's School on March 26th 2006, to the first game on the 28th May 2006.

Since that date, the club has played over forty matches and has started to make regular use of the pitch at Shoebury Garrison as a home ground, with thirty seven different players having now taken to the field of play at some time or another for Montgomery CC.

The primary function of the club is to play cricket in a good natured, enjoyable and fair manner (despite the combustible mixture of competitive personalities that make up the team) and naturally to enjoy some continental lager thereafter.



Montgomery CC - The Club Name:

The name Montgomery relates to the team's desire for a traditional club name containing links to England's past as well as a local connection to Southend-on-Sea and the wider Essex area.

Principally the club name refers to Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, PC who was a British Army officer in the Second World War, famous for his campaign for the allies in North Africa.

The symbol of the fighting rats which adorns the club crest is homage to the troops who fought under Montgomery in Africa who were known as the "Desert Rats."

The club name also encapsulates the SS Richard Montgomery, which is the name of a sunken cargo ship whose wreck lies some five miles from Southend-on-Sea.



Montgomery CC - The Club Motto:

The Club's Motto is "Totus Opes Tamen Non Ratio" which roughly equates to "All the means but none of the method" and stems from the club's humble beginnings (though it might well be argued that little has changed in that respect and we still have all the gear and no idea).



Montgomery CC - Leigh-on-Sea CC Connection:

Montgomery CC has benefited from a close relationship with Leigh-on-Sea Cricket Club, with several players supporting the club both in terms of pulling on an MCC shirt, but also with advice on the running of a club.

Leigh-on-Sea players who have supported the MCC include: Richard Stubbington, Sean Elliot, Steven Brown, David Clarke, David Catchpole, Robert Catchpole, Damian Liston, Ben Giles, Jon Threadgold and Steve Thurlow.

Subsequently, a number of Montgomery players have represented and assisted Leigh-on-Sea CC in various different capacities.

























































































History



2006 Season:

Number of Games Played: 8 (vs - Hadleigh, Galleywood, Burnham, Southend, Woodham Mortimer, Great Baddow, Golden Lion, Southend)

Most Runs: Matthew Couzens

Most Wickets: Keith Baker

Captain's Player of the Season: Daniel Champ

Player's Player of the Season: Matthew Couzens

Outstanding Achievement: Adam Murray



2007 Season:

Number of Games Played: 9 (vs - Rayleigh Fairview, Southend, Hadleigh, Leigh-on-Sea, Woodham Mortimer, Great Wakering, Great Baddow, Southend, Hadleigh)

Most Runs: Mark Aggus

Most Wickets: Daniel Champ

Captain's Player of the Season: Mark Aggus

Player's Player of the Season: Daniel Champ

Outstanding Achievement: Jonathan Gillies



2008 Season:

Number of Games Played: 10 (vs – Southend, Harlow, Leigh, Chequers, Golden Lion, Woodham Mortimer, Chequers, Great Wakering, Leigh, Southend)

Most Runs: Keith Baker

Most Wickets: Matthew Couzens

Captain's Player of the Season: Tom Smith

Player's Player of the Season: Oliver Pidgeon

Outstanding Achievement: Keith Baker

2009 Season:

Number of Games Played: 12 (vs – Westley, Golden Lion, Great Wakering, Leigh, Southend, Runwell Commoners, Golden Lion, Golden Lion, Woodham Mortimer, Westley, Leigh, Chequers)

Most Runs: Mark Aggus

Most Wickets: Matthew Couzens

Captain's Player of the Season: John Aggus

Player's Player of the Season: Mark Aggus & Matthew Couzens

Outstanding Achievement: Daniel Champ

Most Valuable non-MCC Player: David Clarke



2010 Season:

Number of Games Played: 18

Most Runs: Matthew Couzens

Most Wickets: Daniel Champ

Captain's Player of the Season: Daniel Champ

Player's Player of the Season: John Aggus

Outstanding Achievement: Keith Baker and Tom Smith

Most Valuable non-MCC Player: Jon Threadgold

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