Maccabi cricketer dies in US, aged 24

December 30, 2008
Richard Ableson with wife Allison

Richard Ableson with wife Allison

A well-known Maccabi cricketer has died from a leukaemia-related illness in New York at the age of 24.

Richard Ableson played for Belmont and Edgware Cricket Club until his move to America in 2007. The son of former BECC chairman Mark Ableson, the spin bowler and hard-hitting late middle order batsman made his first XI debut at the age of 14. He was described by current chairman Neil Myeroff as “the perfect club member, always on time and helping out with odd jobs. He was also fun off the field and his sense of humour was great for team spirit.”

He maintained a cricketing interest in America — where he married in May — by turning out for a New York team and kept in contact with his former BECC colleagues. The funeral was due to take place in the UK this week.

Last updated: 3:59pm, December 31 2008