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Bobby Abel      

Full name Robert Abel

Born November 30, 1857, Rotherhithe, Surrey

Died December 10, 1936, Stockwell, London (aged 79 years 10 days)

Major teams England, Surrey

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Relation Son - WJ Abel, Son - TE Abel

Robert Abel
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 13 22 2 744 132* 37.20 2 2 0 13 0
First-class 627 1007 73 33128 357* 35.46 74 145 587 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 13 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 627 14408 6314 263 6/15 24.00 2.62 54.7 3 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Lord's, Jul 16-17, 1888 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Manchester, Jul 24-26, 1902 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1881-1904
Profile

The "Guv'nor" was a great crowd favourite for many years at the Oval, where he was the one reliable bat in a strong Surrey side. Of small stature (5'4"), and serious demeanour, he had an unconventional technique, with a bent for cross batted shots. "He gathers runs like blackberries everywhere he goes" said CB Fry. He possessed great patience, but generally scored quickly, driving and cutting well, but particularly adept at forcing the ball off his legs. An excellent slip fielder, he also bowled off-spin with considerable skill, but was rarely used in a strong Surrey attack.

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1937

Bobby Abel

Bobby Abel

© The Cricketer International

Oct 1, 1888

The first MCC side to tour South Africa under the management of Major Wharton  1888-89. Standing: BAF Grieve, AC Skinner, AJ Fothergill, JM Read, R Abel. Sitting: CA Smith, Major Warton, The Hon. CJ Coventry, JEP McMaster, MP Bowden. Front:  JH Roberts, H Wood. Insets: J. Briggs, G Ulyett, F Hearne.

The first MCC side to tour South Africa 1888-89

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1890

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