|Full name||Robert Neal Abberley|
22 April 1944|
Stechford, Birmingham, England
|Died||8 August 2011
Solihull, Warwickshire, England
|Batting style||Right-handed batsman (RHB)|
|Bowling style||Right arm medium pace|
|Domestic team information|
|First-class debut||13 May 1964 Warwickshire v Cambridge University|
|Last First-class||22 June 1979 Warwickshire v Yorkshire|
|Source: CricketArchive, 9 August 2011|
Robert Neal Abberley (22 April 1944 – 8 August 2011) was an English cricketer. A stalwart county player, he was a right-handed batsman and occasional right arm medium pace bowler. He was born in Stechford, Birmingham and played for his native Warwickshire from 1964 to 1979.
Despite a modest batting record (he averaged under 25 as a specialist batsman), he played over 250 times for the "Bears". He made 3 first class hundreds, with a best of 117 not out against Essex and scored his only one day hundred, 113 not out, against Hampshire.
He moved into coaching in 1980 after retiring from the game, initially as Warwickshire's Second XI coach and later with a 'roving brief' at all levels in the club. He was particularly involved in the development of Ian Bell and the England team wore black arm bands in his honour during the Test against India at Edgbaston in the days following his death.
Abberley made his First-class debut for Warwickshire in 1964 against Cambridge University, scoring a half-century in the drawn match. The following year, he made his County Championship debut against Yorkshire, but was unable to bat due to injury. In 1966, Abberley struck his first First-class century, scoring 117 not out against Essex, the highest First-class score of his career. The 1966 season proved to be Abberley's most prolific in First-class cricket, with 1315 runs scored at an average of 28.58. He toured Pakistan with an Under 25 MCC side in 1966/67, in a squad featuring a number of current and future England stars such as Mike Brearley, Dennis Amiss, Alan Knott and Derek Underwood. Abberley scored 92 and 31 in his only match on this tour, against Central Zone.
- Neal Abberley at Cricket Archive