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