There was sad news on Thursday with the death of former Waterside great Lawrence Moore senior. Joe Doherty pays tribute to the former opener who played with the club for over 30 years from 1960 to 1991.

I was extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Lawrence Moore, and I extend my sincere condolences to Lawrence (junior) and the entire Moore family circle.

Lawrence was a stalwart of North West Cricket for many years and was a valuable member of a very competitive  Waterside team, that experienced its best successes in the 1970’s, a period of resurgence for the famous old nomadic club.

He was a very capable batsman, who took his position at the top of the order very seriously, usually in partnership with Terry McCloskey and it was fitting that when Waterside reached the 1974 North West Senior Cup Final for only the second time in the club’s history, it was Lawrence who took strike for the men from Corrody and scored a courageous 39 against a very good Donemana attack.

To me, the name of Lawrence Moore will always be synonymous with Waterside cricket of that era and his outstanding record of service will always sit comfortably alongside other North West legends from that team, including Micky Doherty, Davy Watson and the late Brendan Quinn.

May his noble soul rest in peace.