4 June 2008
MOVE OVER Vauxhall, as there is a new cricket oval in town.
The inaugural match on the new Southwark Park cricket strip will be held in June, and teams will be playing for the Bobby Abel Cup.
Rotherhithe-born Abel knocked his way into the history books of English cricket during an illustrious career at Surrey County in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Abel became the first county player to score over 2000 runs in consecutive seasons, and scored 33,124 runs between 1888 and 1902 for the Oval-based team.
As a test opener, Abel was the first Englishman to carry his bat through a test innings.
Nicknamed The Guvnor, Abel had a blue plaque erected in 2005 in Southwark Park, where he used to practice.
The plaque, voted for as part of the Southwark News and Southwark Council scheme to honour and mark the borough’s history, was unveiled by his great grandson and local dignitaries and sits on the wall of the park’s Cafe Gallery.
The match will be at the all weather Oval on Friday June 6, from 1-3pm.
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