Coventry chosen for Second XI showpiece match

Warwickshire have chosen Coventry & NW’s Binley Road ground as the venue for the Second XI Championship final against Glamorgan from September 6 to 9.

Warwickshire, who were beaten by Surrey in last season’s final, topped the North Group earlier this month with Glamorgan securing top spot in the South Group last week.

Ideally the match would have been played at a headquarters ground but both Edgbaston and the Swalec Stadium are hosting County Championship games that week and are out of commission.

Wormsley, the private ground of the late JP Getty, staged last season’s final but is unavailable this year as it has already been booked for a charity cricket day on September 7.

So Binley Road, which has staged first-class cricket in the past and which has been a regular venue for county Second XI cricket, will host the showpiece event of the Second XI calendar.

Warwickshire are bidding to win the Second XI Championship for the first time since 1996 and only the third time in their history.

It would be particularly fitting if they could lift the title this year as a tribute to Neal Abberley, their former opening batsman and coach, who died three weeks ago from a lung condition aged 67.

Abberley coached Warwickshire’s second team after he retired from playing in 1979 and he made his final appearances as a player in the Second XI Championship on occasions in 1996.

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