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Bob Ridgway & Mick Moore Memorial match proves to be a winner!

The inaugural BOB RIDGWAY AND MICK MOORE MEMORIAL MATCH was played at Great Horwood played recently can only be described as a huge success.

Mick Moore (left) and Bob Ridgway - Thornborough CC and Great Horwood CC remember

Mick Moore (left) and Bob Ridgway – Thornborough CC and Great Horwood CC remember

The fixture between Great Horwood and Thornborough was arranged by the the clubs not only as a tribute to these two stalwarts of local cricket, but an opportunity to raise money for two worthy charities in their memory.

Before the game players and spectators gathered in front of the pavilion to hear tributes to Bob and Mick, read by Gary Lee and Paul Chapman respectively.

Following a minutes silence the crowd, which numbered in excess of 100, witnessed an exciting game with several stand out moments.

Thornborough batted first and Matt Copping struck some lusty blows as they got of to a quick start, helped by the boundary targets that doubled the score of the shot if you were accurate enough!

The Horwood side, which contained no fewer than seven of Bob’s family, fought back but Thornborough still posted a competitive score of 194 from their 40 overs.

Matt Armitage picked up three wickets but the highlight was a stunning one handed caught and bowled by Bob’s daughter Stacey.

In reply Horwood opener Simon Gale reached 50 before he graciously retired, but this had put the home side well on the way to victory.

Thornborough continued to play the game in great spirit and were rewarded with several wickets but it was fitting that Bob’s son Simon was at the crease when the winning runs were struck.

Simon received the trophy from Horwood’s President, Nora Reeve.

In reality the cricket was an enjoyable distraction beside the main aims of the day. This was confirmed by Great Horwood Chairman, Alan Sirett: ” In addition to the raffle, food sales and match fees, we donated a percentage of the bar profits to ensure that a total of £545 will be split between Bowel Cancer UK and the Lords Taveners, two very worthy charities. I would like to thank everyone involved from both Great Horwood and Thornborough for making the day a huge success and we look forward to crossing the A421 for next year’s game. I think the most fitting way to sum it up is to say that it was a day that both Bob and Mick would have enjoyed.”

LINK: To the photographs of the day

‘Sir’ Bob Ridgway & Mick ‘Wobbly’ Moore Charity Memorial Match this Sunday


 ‘Sir’ Bob Ridgway and Mick ‘Wobbly’ Moore

Sunday, 9th August at GHCC, 1:00pm

Great Horwood and Thornborough Cricket Clubs’ have come together and arranged a 40 over memorial match in honour of Bob and Mick.
 (Sir) Bob Ridgway - MoM Osberton Radiators Cup 2003

(Sir) Bob Ridgway – MoM Osberton Radiators Cup 2003

Mick Moore - Picture courtesy of Thornborough Cricket Club

Mick Moore – Picture courtesy of Thornborough Cricket Club

Bob and Mick were highly respected by players, members and supporters alike, and they gave a lot to their clubs for many years with plenty of memories made along the way.
Tribute to Bob:

 “When we lose family and friends sometimes it is difficult to decide on an appropriate way to remember them. However when we are talking about Bob Ridgway it is easy – lets play cricket.

Bob devoted so much time in his life to Great Horwood CC as a player, committee member and supporter that nothing would have made him happier than to see a game of cricket played in his honour. Especially against our friends from Thornborough, as Bob’s ability as a cricketer and attributes as a person were recognised across the local community outside of Great Horwood. Therefore Bob’s family would like to invite everyone to come and join them on this special day.”
Tribute to Mick:

“A long-serving Thornborough Cricket Club player, secretary and umpire. A canny bowler of some repute in his playing days, he was also an extremely competent batsman, reaching three figures on at least one occasion. Mick stood in the South Northants Cricket League while also officiating in the Oxford Cricket Association league as well as umpiring county games at youth and senior level and also giving his support to girls’ and ladies’ cricket. Mick enjoyed trips to watch his beloved Kent CCC and watching Test matches both in this country and abroad also gave Mick extreme pleasure. To say the Thornborough community and TCC in particular have been stunned since Micks Passing. His contribution to TCC has been immeasurable and this memorial match is just a part of many fitting tributes. Replacing the irreplaceable is impossible but we, at Thornborough Cricket Club, will strive to reach the heights to which Mick himself always aspired.”

Please come along and support both clubs.
As well as paying tribute to Bob and Mick, you will be helping to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK and The Lords Taveners, both very worthy causes.
On the day there will be a pig roast, snacks, the bar will be open all day, 100-1 raffle…

Thornborough Cricket Club Charity Sixes – Teams welcome to enter!

Thornborough 6-a-side cricket tournament August 30th.

The aim is to raise funds for TCC and Scotty’s Little Soldiers – a charity that helps children who have lost parents serving in the armed forces There will be a BBQ, bouncy castle, bar, and an auction (football/cricket tickets).


The tournament will consist of 8 teams in 2 groups. 5 overs (smash) per innings. 6 players with up to 1 sub. The cost is £50 per team. Trophies for the winners and runners up.

If you wish to enter a team then please contact Matt Copping at or on 07545305513

SNCL, D1: Copping & Baker set club record 201-run opening partnership

Matt Copping and Michael Baker set a new club record 201-run partnership for Thornborough Cricket Club last Saturday.

Michael Baker (left) and Matt Copping pictured after their 201-run new club record opening partnership.

Michael Baker (left) and Matt Copping pictured after their 201-run new club record opening partnership.

Copping made 122 while Baker struck 105 as the runs flowed against Evenley ‘A’.

Thornborough skipper Chris Horsler told Sports Shots;

We played well to beat Evenley by 111 runs.

We posted 288-8, including a fantastic club record opening partnership of 201 by Michael Baker 105 and Matt Copping 122.

We then restricted them to 177-9. Aiden Birch took 3-20 and Ben North picked up 2-43. We also saw a fantastic long-distance direct hit from Nick Chapman.


Chris Horsler
Michael Baker
Matt Copping
Aiden Birch
Dan Woodd
Nick Chapman
Dan Hassell
Ben North
Sam Oxley
Euan Davis
Martin Thomas

SNCL, D1: Thornboro skipper has full-strength squad to pick from for Evenley trip

Thornborough Cricket Club skipper Chris Horsler has spoken to Sports Shots as he has full-strength squad to pick from this weekend.

Chris Horsler

Chris Horsler

Horsler said;

We take a trip to the picturesque village green of Evenley to face their 2nd XI.

We have a strong squad to pick from this week.

Michael Baker is back and Joe Osborn returns from university.

Matt Copping and Dan Wood are both unavailable.

Thornborough team:

Chris Horsler
Michael Baker
Stu Chapman
Nick Chapman
Ian Chapman
Ben North
Tom North
Aiden Birch
Dan Hassell
Sam Oxley
Joe Osborn

SNCL, D1: Boro suffer second defeat of the season

By Thornborough Cricket Club website

Boro suffered their second successive defeat but it was a game they should have won.
Batting first we stumbled through to 128 all out with
the major contributions from Matt Copping (24), Nick Chapman (14), Dan Hassell (30) and Chris Horsler (13) as Iqbal ripped through the innings with 7-29.
However, it should be said that one or two umpiring decisions were rather less than satisfactory but this is no excuse for a rather poor total.
Boro opening bowlers Dan Hassell and Aiden Birch again produced fine spells to slow Thrup’s reply, but only one wicket came their way.
With the home side still struggling for runs, Ben North produced one stunning triple-wicket maiden over, bowling two batsmen and trapping a third leg before.
Boro were now in the ascendancy but as Ben and Matt Copping tired, the home batsmen fought back. Dan returned to pick up his first wicket of the game but several catches too went down as the home side sealed victory by five wickets with 19 balls remaining.

SNCL, Div 1: Thornborough maintain 100% record with third win

Thornborough’s excellent start to the season continued as they defeated Greens Norton by 5 wickets in South Northants Division One. After winning the toss Greens Norton got off to a good start and were 60 for 1 after 12 overs. Aiden Birch then bowled danger man Matt Yuill for 14 and the visitors were restricted to 133 on a good batting pitch. Ben North continued his good form taking 2 for 32, Dan Wood took 2 for 31 and Ian Chapman mopped up the tail with 3 for 9.

In reply, Thornborough were never really troubled with Michael Baker scoring 44, Nick Chapman 29 not out and Tom North 25.

Thornborough  currently share the top spot in Division One with Croughton and captain Chris Horsler will be hoping his team can continue their excellent start to the campaign when the two sides meet next weekend.








SNCL, D1: Horsler makes four changes for unbeaten Thornborough’s Norton clash

Thornborough skipper Chris Horsler has told Sports Shots he makes four changes to the team that entertains Greens Norton in the South Northants League, Division 1 tomorrow (Saturday).

Chris Horsler

Chris Horsler

Horsler’s side have won both of their opening games, including a penultimate ball, one-wicket win last weekend.

Thornborough have strengthened as batsman Michael Baker joins after playing for Cherwell League, Division 1 outfit Great Brickhill last season.

Horsler told Sports Shots;

We make four changes to the team.

Matt Copping and Martin Thomas are unavailable with Ryan Lightfoot and Ben Thickbroom dropping down to the seconds.

In comes Nick and Stu Chapman, who return to the team, and Tom North and new signing Michael Baker come in for their first starts of the season.

SNCL, D1: Thornborough secure dramatic one-wicket win off the penultimate ball

Thornborough secured a dramatic victory off the penultimate ball of the game with nine wickets down at Hinton-in-the-Hedges on Saturday.

Skipper Chris Horsler described the game as a thriller which saw Thornborough record back-to-back South Northants Cricket League, Division 1 victories from their opening two games.

Aiden Birch (28), Dan Hassell (27) and Matt Copping (20) all made excellent contributions in the visitor’s run chase.

Ian Chapman held the innings together towards the end as he scored 50 but was run out to add to the drama.

Luckily for Thornborough it was Sam Oxley who held he nerve as he struck a boundary from the penultimate ball to end a nail-biting effort.

Earlier in the day Hinton batted first and posted 200 for 9.

The visitors wicket takers were Ben North, who took four for 48, Ian Chapman two for 77, Birch one for 31 and Dan Wood one for 2.


SNCL, D1: Thornborough head to Hinton

Thornborough skipper Chris Horsler takes his side to Hinton-in-the-Hedges with two changes from the team who won last week.

The Chapman twins are unavailable so Ryan Lightfoot and Ben Thickbroom come into the side.

Chris Horsler, Matt Copping, Dan Wood, Dan Hassell, Sam Oxley,
Aiden Birch, Ben North, Ian Chapman, Martin Thomas, Ryan Lightfoot, Ben Thickbroom.