Roy Abell

Written by: Nick Archer
Date: 08/07/2020

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Roy Abell

It is with much regret that the League has learned of the passing of Roy Abell, a stalwart player for Moseley CC for over 30 years and one of a select band of cricketers who took over 1,000 wickets (over 800 at 1st XI level) in the forerunner to BDPCL, the Birmingham & District Cricket League. Many of his wickets were taken during the 1960s and 1970s when Moseley CC were the dominant side in the League under David Heath. One of the longest serving League Vice-Presidents, he, also played one first-class match for Warwickshire and was a prominent member of the League Representative XI which played in the National Inter-League competition in the 1970s and 1980s. 

 Roy was also a notable artist and copies of his work can be found in Alex Davis’ history of the League, “First in the Field” published in 1988 to celebrate the League Centenary. He painted the ground of every member club in the League, at the time, and the original paintings can still be seen in the pavilions of those clubs. Roy leaves a daughter and two sons, one of whom, David, is the current webmaster of the League and a former player at Moseley CC and Aston Unity CC. His other son, Richard, played for Sutton Coldfield CC and Whittington CC.