Signed Fred Ridgway 1923-2015 Kent Mcc England V India 1940s 1950s Very Rare
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Fred Ridgway SignatureFred RidgwayPersonal informationFullnameFrederick RidgwayBorn10 August 1923
Stockport,CheshireDied26 September informationNational side
Frederick Ridgway(10 August 1923 – 26 September 2015), known asFred Ridgway, was an English professionalcricketerwho played in fiveTest matchesfor theEngland cricket teamon the1951–52 tour of India. Ridgway played county cricket as a fast bowler forKent County Cricket Clubbetween 1946 and 1961.Life and career
Ridgway was born 10 August 1923.As acounty cricketer, Ridgway, although not appearing a likely successful pace bowler because of his slight build, was the mainstay ofKent County Cricket Club's opening attack for a decade afterWorld War II, except on the rare occasions thatJack Martincould get away from business. Ridgway did not play regularly in 1946, but the following year he jumped into prominence with 12 for 86 on a rain-affected pitch againstYorkshire.
Though in 1948 he was badly affected by injury, 1949 proved to be Ridgway's best year, for he took 105 wickets for 22.88 runs each, which ranked him as the fourth-best pace bowler in the country Jackson. Ridgway's most notable performance was on the featherbedTrent Bridgewicket, where he took six for 79 in the first innings, and paved the way for an easy Kent victory. Apart from teammateDoug Wrightin the second innings, no visiting bowler at Trent Bridge bettered those figures all year, but Ridgway's most notable feat that year was his striking consistency: with only one haul of eight or more in a match he still took 90 wickets in 20 county games. Moreover, playing againstSussex,Ridgway "shared in a record partnership of 161 for the ninth wicket" withBrian Edrich.This partnership, just under half the total of 379, was made in a losing cause.
Although Ridgway did not play in any of the Tests that year, he was regarded as a contender for honours but, in 1950, injury again took its toll. Career-best figures of eight for 39, however, againstNottinghamshireat the tail end of the season,were followed by an impressive 1951, where he took over 90 wickets and, withAlec Bedseramongst others declining to tour India, Ridgway was a natural choice, and was one of seven players who made their Test debut on that trip where he opened the bowling withBrian Statham.Ridgway took 41 wickets at an average of 26.04 in 16 first-class matches on the tour, but only seven wickets at 54.14 in the five Tests.
Injury again troubled him in 1952and 1955, and he did not return to his best form until 1956, when support at last coming fromDavid Halfyard, Ridgway took 82 wickets and, two years later, had his second-highest aggregate with 98 wickets at 14.26 runs, lifting Kent to their highestCounty Championshipposition since 1947. Injuries again restricted him severely in 1959 and 1960, after which he retired from first-class cricket.Football
Ridgeway was also a footballer, playing as a semi-professional in the post war period for Ramsgate F.C. in the Kent League.Later life
As of 2013, Ridgway lived in retirement inBarming,Maidstone, Kent. He died on 26 September 2015 at the age of 92.
THE SIGNATURE AND PHOTOGRAPH ARE LAID DOWN TO AN ALBUM PAGE MEASURING 11cms x 15cms
THE SIGNATURE IS SUPERBLY CLEAR AND FLOWING IN BLUE INK