Cricketer. Born Robert Abel at 18 Commercial Street, Rotherhithe. He was the first England player to "carry his bat", i.e. opening the batting and remaining not out at the end of an innings, and the first player to score 2000 runs in consecutive seasons. In spite of serious vision problems he continued playing, but eventually became completely blind. Died at his home, 43 Handforth Road, Stockwell.
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