Ratcliffe confirms inaugural Abberley memorial match

Warwickshire’s current players will have the chance to test themselves against some of the greats from the county’s past in the inaugural Neal Abberley Memorial Match in September.

The match between Warwickshire and a side raised by the Warwickshire Old County Cricketers’ Association has been confirmed for Knowle & Dorridge CC near Solihull – Abberley’s local club – on September 9.

That is a free date in Warwickshire’s busy summer schedule and the county’s director of cricket Ashley Giles is fully supportive of a match that will honour Abberley, who was a key member of his coaching team.

Abberley, a former county batsman and a long-serving coach at Edgbaston, died last August after battling a lung condition for several years.

The match will not only honour Abberley’s memory but act as a major joint fund-raiser for Neil Carter, Warwickshire’s beneficiary this year, and WOCCA.

“Neal was a great servant to Warwickshire and I’m sure that he’d be delighted that we’re creating a match in his honour,” said Jason Ratcliffe, who has succeeded Abberley as WOCCA chairman.

“With past and present Warwickshire stars taking part it promises to be a great day and we’re hopeful of making it an annual fixture.

“I would ask that everyone interested in attending or becoming a partner of the event should contact me at jratcliffe@thepca.co.uk

Ratcliffe also hopes that the match will help forge closer links between the current county squad and players from the county’s past, including those who won six domestic trophies between 1993 and 1995 in a period of unprecedented success.

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