Montague didn’t find cricket taxing
Montague Appleby (1881 – 1954)
Montague William Appleby, was one the greatest all-rounders in the history of Grantham Cricket Club. As a bowler he was the taker of a record number of wickets.
Mr Appleby, of Harrowby Road, played regularly twice a week practiced assiduously on at least another two evenings, took his cold shower and then attended to the cleaning of his boots and pads. Meticulously groomed himself, he looked askance at anything shoddy, and as ground secretary he taught an inexperienced protege to prepare the best of wickets.
Season after season his name was found high in the averages, often with more than 100 wickets with a matching aggregate of runs.
The former King’s School pupil organised the Old Boys XI matches.
He was HM Collector of Taxes in the town.