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Montgomery (in Welsh, Trefaldwyn) in Powys, lies 1.6km from the English border with Shropshire in Welsh Marches, 20 miles West of Shrewsbury.  The town was established around a Norman castle and the parish church of St. Nicholas both built in the early 13th century.  St. Nicholas is still in constant use in the centre of the town and there are substantial ruins of the castle overlooking the market town which now has a population of around 1,250.  Offas Dyke runs nearby and the town also has an excellent museum in the Old Bell.  Montgomery used to be the market town of the County of Montgomeryshire until local government reforms of 1974 created the county of Powy.

Brief club history 

The club probably originally owes it's existence to the Herbert family, the owners of Lymore Hall in the early 19th century, who owned a private cricket ground on the present site of our beautiful Lymore Park ground.  The earliest match that any reports can be found for was played on 17th September 1847 when the Shrewsbury Chronicle reported a game between 'eleven gentlemen of Montgomery and eleven of Newtown.'  The earliest actual scorecard that exists for Montgomery Cricket Club is probably the oldest existing card that survives in Wales.  It relates to a game played at Lymore Park against Llanidloes on 25th July 1851.  Fiercely contested, Montgomery won by one run.

In 1882 the Lymore Park Ground hosted what is probably the most memorable match in the history of the Montgomery Cricket Club - a United All England XI came to play a Montgomery 22 in an exhibition match.  A newspaper report notes that the game took place over three days between 16th and 18th June 1882.  Marquees and stands were erected and in perfect weather a large crowd watched the game.  The All England XI scored 76 and 97, but with scores of 120 and 115, Montgomery won by 62 runs.

The club has just completed a history of the club publishing two books of newspaper cuttings from 1840-2000 and including an oral history of the club from 1940 to the present day.  Extracts of which are available on our website.

The club has always been a significant player in cricket in Mid Wales, regularly providing players for the County team and now boasts ECB Clubmark Accreditation with three youth teams and two senior teams playing in the FBC Manby Bowdler Shropshire County Cricket League.

The club and Taking the Field 

Montgomery Cricket Club, with support from Heritage Lottery Fund, has, in 2012 completed an oral history project, through which we have been in contact with Taking the Field.  We hope that the 40 hours of interviews with players from 1940 to the present day, the collection of photographs from 19th century on and the two books of newspaper cuttings about the club from 1840-2000 will add to the rich history of the game.

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