A right-arm seamer who took more than 1000 first-class wickets, Ridgway represented Kent for 16 seasons after World War II. In 1951, he achieved the feat of taking four wickets in four balls against Derbyshire.
The following winter he was selected for England, part of a squad missing Len Hutton, Peter May, Denis Compton and Alec Bedser. Ridgway opened the bowling alongside Brian Statham, taking seven wickets at 54.14, and was part of the side beaten in Chennai as India recorded their first Test victory.
Ridgway was also a capable footballer and played semi-professionally for Ramsgate FC in the Kent League.