Clifton Alliance sign SA U19 skipper Matthew Montgomery - 30/01/19

Matthew Montgomery

Clifton Alliance have signed South African Under-19 skipper Matthew Montgomery for their upcoming YPLN season.

Montgomery (18) is a superstar in the making who was recently named South Africa Under-19 captain for their Indian tour between 16 February to 12 March 2019. He celebrated the honour by striking a century on his List A debut for KwaZulu-Natal a few days later. The right-handed batsman and useful off-spinner appears destined for the very top.

The run-machine’s journey began at the famous Clifton College, where he broke virtually every run record in the school’s history. He represented KZN and the Dolphins at every age-group, playing two Coke Weeks – skippering the latter (in December 2018). “Monty” has won many awards along the way. He is Clifton College’s most capped 1st XI player (142 caps) and was awarded “best batsman” and “best all-rounder” in 2015 (1,302 runs), 2016 (1,229 runs) and 2017 (1,245 runs).

In 2018, he represented the Dolphins Cubs (at CSA Cubs Week) and was named the KZN Under-19 “player of the season” (2017/18). He was named in the South African Schools Colts and SA Under-19 squad, before being named skipper for their tour of the sub-continent in early January 2019.

Monty has shown incredible promise at youth level, but his debut List A century was a sure sign he has a huge future. On debut, he entered the crease at 33-3 and guided his KZN from 88-7 to 109-9 then 185 – Monty was last to fall after making a brilliant 121-ball 104. His innings was exceptional when you factor in his sides struggle – the next highest score was 14.

Monty has subsequently gone on to make his first-class debut and is now set to embark on his Indian tour with the SA Under-19s. Thereafter, the talented youngster will travel to England, where he’ll follow in the footsteps of Aaron Finch, to play for Clifton Alliance in the Yorkshire Premier League North for the 2019 season.

The Under-19 skipper is looking for a future in the game, whether that be home in South Africa, or abroad utilising his European (German) Passport. All eyes will be on the talented youngster during his maiden UK stint this summer..


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