Newcastle cricketer Simon Moore is set to be inducted into the Toyota Australian Country Cricket Championships Hall of Fame this week.
Currently the most capped player for NSW Country, with 70 matches for the Bush Blues, Moore will be formally recognised for his vast contribution to cricket at the end of the Australian Country Cricket Championships on Friday.
Moore is the second Novocastrian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in as many years after fellow Newcastle cricketer Mark Curry was welcomed to the exclusive group, at the inaugural ceremony, last season.
The Hall of Fame recognises people who have given outstanding service to the Australian Country Cricket Championships.
Such is the respect for this leader of Country cricket in NSW, Moore was made a Life Member of the NSW Country Cricket Association in 2013.
The 42-year-old – who continues to play First Grade cricket in the Newcastle District Cricket Association competition for Merewether – is the all-time leading run-scorer for the Bush Blues.
The right-handed batsman has amassed 2,747 runs at an average of 39.24 for NSW Country. His tally includes four centuries and a highest score of 154 not out in 2003.
Moore has captained NSW at three Australian Country Championships including 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2014/15.
He debuted at the national Country titles in 1998/99 held in the town of Barooga in the Riverina region of NSW.
Cricket NSW Board Member and NSW Country Cricket Committee Chairman, Paul Marjoribanks, said there was one word that epitomised the contribution Moore has made to the game.
“It’s the respect he has for cricket in general” said Mr Marjoribanks.
“Respect for both club cricket (in Newcastle) and Country cricket in NSW overall.”
“He’s been playing at a high level now for many years, he’s still captain of his local side and he just has a great respect for the game. It’s a terrific honour for him.”
Bush Blues coach, Jeff Cook, said Moore had deservedly earned the reputation as the best batsman in NSW Country Cricket and is always an unselfish player.
“The way Simon handles that pressure and expectation is a credit to him,” Cook said.