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Matthew Montgomery Commits to Nottinghamshire CCC

Matthew Montgomery Commits to Nottinghamshire CCC
Matthew Montgomery Commits to Nottinghamshire CCC
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Top-order batter Matthew Montgomery has signed a three-year deal with Nottinghamshire which will keep him at the club until the conclusion of the 2025 season.

The 22-year-old has impressed since slotting into the Green and Golds’ four-day side during the latter part of the recently concluded campaign, amassing 369 runs in eight innings, including a maiden First-Class hundred against Durham.

The right-hander also accrued 311 runs at an average of 44.42 in the Royal London Cup in 2022, in addition to 200 scored in 2021, and has claimed five wickets with his off-spin for the Outlaws in List A Cricket.

“It’s been a great honour to have had the opportunity to play at Trent Bridge, and to extend my stay here is really pleasing.” Montgomery said.

“Since making my First-Class debut with the club, I have been determined to show others and myself what I can do at this level, and that hundred against Durham was, I suppose, vindication for a lot of effort that has gone into the last few years.

“I still have a lot more to give and improvements to make to my game, and I know that the best place for me to continue my development as a player is at Nottinghamshire.”

Montgomery made his initial bow for Nottinghamshire as a trialist in 2019, after moving from Durban to begin his studies at Loughborough University.

He returned post-pandemic in the early stages of 2021, and scored 302 runs in nine innings for the Second XI, including 147 against Warwickshire and 67 against Durham, prior to signing his first professional deal with the club.

In September, Montgomery was presented with the John Pye Player of the Month Award, having scored 178 in Nottinghamshire's title-sealing victory over Durham.

“What has stood out for everyone watching on, is how Matt has handled himself since getting into the first team. He has a calmness and composure when he bats, and that bodes well at such a young age.” said Head Coach Peter Moores.

“He deserves a lot of credit as he dominated Second XI cricket, before earning his place in the County Championship team when Ben Duckett was called up for the Lions.

“He has already played some crucial innings for us, none more so than his hundred against Durham in an important game. That innings, along with his 80 against Glamorgan stand out, in terms of the way he managed himself through some really challenging phases of the game.

“He has the ability to play across all three formats, too, and he showed a different side to his game during the Royal London competition. This winter gives him another opportunity to move his game forward to be ready for 2023.”