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Thursday 4 January 2007
Abberley And Knight Awarded Honorary Life Membership
Neal Abberley has been associated with the Club for over 50 years. Neal first stepped foot at Edgbaston in 1956 when his father brought him down to the ground for trials. It was 1965 when he joined the professional staff for a career that spanned 261 matches. He scored over 10,000 runs for the county. When his playing career ended in 1979, Neal joined the coaching staff and has spent time in charge of the Second XI, has been heavily involved with the development of the Cricket Centre and has always been on hand to assist the 1st XI with batting tips. Neal has also worked with all the Development of Excellence squads over many years.
On hearing the news, Neal said, “I certainly didn’t expect it but it’s a terrific honour as in the history of the Club there aren’t that many given out. It’s great to receive recognition for all my years of service.”
Nick Knight who retired at the end of the 2006 has also been a great servant to Warwickshire CCC since his arrival from Essex in 1995. Nick was Club Captain from 2003 to 2005 and is the fastest player to reach 10,000 runs for the Club. Nick will remain associated with Club in a consultancy capacity but takes up his main role as a Sky Sports Commentator during the World Cup in the West Indies in March.
Neal and Nick join an elite number of Warwickshire CCC stalwarts who have been awarded the prestigious accolade. The list includes H.E Dollery, Eric Hollies, Dennis Amiss and Dermot Reeve.
Abi Dollery, Warwickshire County Cricket Club
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