Full name Neville Montague Ford
Born November 18, 1906, Repton, Derbyshire
Died June 15, 2000, Bembridge, Isle of Wight (aged 93 years 210 days)
Major teams Derbyshire, Middlesex, Oxford University
Batting style Right-hand bat
|First-class span||1926 - 1935|
Neville Montague Ford, who died on June 15 at Bembridge, Isle of Wight aged 93, was a talented right-hand batsman who captained Harrow in 1925 and 1926 and then went to Oriel College, Oxford where he won his blue in each season from 1928-30. Starting in 1926 Ford also played 31 matches for Derbyshire, for whom he was qualified by birth - his father was headmaster at Repton School - and in 1932 he made a single appearance for Middlesex. He was one of the few remaining first-class cricketers from the 1920s. In a career total of 75 matches Ford scored 2,925 runs at an average of 26.11, including five centuries, the highest being 183 for Oxford University against the Free Foresters at Oxford in 1930. It was an innings lasting just over three hours in which he hit two sixes and 21 fours, 'driving in his best style', according to Wisden. In 1930 he scored 1,096 runs but after leaving Oxford played only rarely. In business, Ford was sales director with Wiggins-Teape and counted dancing among his pastimes. He was from a cricketing family. His uncle F.G.J. Ford appeared for Cambridge University and Middlesex and played five times for England on Stoddart's Australian tour of 1894-95. Two other uncles, A.F.J. and W.J. Ford also played for Middlesex and Cambridge, while grandfather W.A. Ford turned out for MCC.
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