abel, robert - Abel, robert (1859-1936); abel, robert - English professional cricketer. Born at Rotherhithe, Nov. 30,1859, he first played for Surrey in 1881. and during his cricket career made over 70 separate centuries, his highest score being 357 not out against Somerset in May, 1899. In Aug., 1899, he and Hayward in partnership scored 448 against Yorkshire at the Oval. In each of the eight seasons 1895 to 1902 he compiled over 2,000 runs (3,309 in 1901). The "guv'nor," as Abel was generally called, was a mainstay of the Surrey XI until his retirement in 1904. He died Dec. 10, 1936.