Bobby Abel

Cricket Player

1857 – 1936

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Who was Bobby Abel?

Robert Abel, nicknamed "The Guv'nor", was a Surrey and England opening batsman who was one of the most prolific run-getters in the early years of the County Championship. He was the first England player to "carry his bat" – opening the batting and remaining not out at the end of an inningsthrough a Test innings, and the first player to score 2000 runs in consecutive seasonswhich he did each season from 1895 to 1902. In 1899 for Surrey against Somerset at The Oval, Abel carried his bat through an innings of 811, the highest total for which this feat has been achieved. His 357* in that innings remains a Surrey record, and was the highest score made at The Oval until Len Hutton scored 364 in 1938. Abel also played a record number of first-class matches in a season – 41 in 1902.

Abel was physically small, 5 feet 4 inches tall and slimly built.

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Born
Nov 30, 1857
Rotherhithe
Nationality
  • England
Died
Dec 10, 1936
Stockwell

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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