Warwickshire consider permanent Abberley memorial

Warwickshire are considering a permanent memorial to Neal Abberley, their long serving batting coach and former opening batsman, who died last week from a lung condition.

Abberley’s funeral will take place in Knowle near Solihull on August 22 but there are already moves afoot to have part of the redeveloped Edgbaston named after him.

Warwickshire have eleven suites in the new £32 million pavilion at Edgbaston which they intend to name after famous past players or club officers.

But the favoured option, and one that is likely to be put before Warwickshire’s committee for approval, is to rename the indoor cricket centre at the ground after Abberley.

It was in the old indoor shed – which was demolished to make way for the new pavilion – and then the new indoor centre, opened in 2000, that Abberley did most of his work, quietly and out of the spotlight.

Having played for Warwickshire from 1964 to 1979 Abberley spent more than 30 years in various coaching roles at Edgbaston, latterly acting as batting consultant and as a mentor to a young coaching team of Ashley Giles, Graeme Welch and Dougie Brown, all three of whom developed under him as players in the county’s Second XI.

Warwickshire already have the Neal Abberley Trophy which is presented annually to the their outstanding young cricketer at the county’s youth awards.

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