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Northants Federation retains Eversley Trophy

posted 30 Apr 2018, 02:12 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 1 May 2018, 10:58 ]
Northants Federation, featuring bowlers who play indoors at Stamford IBC, retained the Eversley Trophy - an inter-county competition at Newark for county executives - beating Suffolk on the last end of their four-match programme.

It was prestigious consolation after the county had failed to reach any of the 11 individual finals during the national championship week.

Following defeat by Durham - who included several Derbyshire Trophy finalists - Northants beat North Cambs and Hunts and then faced Suffolk needing a maximum six points - two for each winning rink and two for the overall.

Malcolm Squires, Richard Montgomery and Neil Wright won by three shots on their rink - playing a two-bowl triples format - leaving treasurer Les Sharp, fixture secretary Graham Agger and past president Cliff Watson needing victory to clinch the title for a second successive year.

And they duly did it on the last end after the rinks had been tied at 13-13.


Langtoft and Stamford IBC bowler Richard Montgomery has received a commemorative tie to mark his 200 appearances for the Northants Bowling Federation.

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 was 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 - 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!