Rex Alston      

Full name Arthur Rex Alston

Born July 2, 1901, Faringdon, Berkshire

Died September 8, 1994, Ewhurst, Surrey (aged 93 years 68 days)

Other Commentator, Journalist, Author

Education Trent College, Derbyshire; Clare College, Cambridge

Arthur Rex Alston
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Rex Alston was, along with John Arlott and E. W. Swanton, one of the triumvirate who dominated radio cricket commentary in the years after the war while Brian Johnston was still concentrating on television. He was an all-round sports broadcaster and in the 1940s and 1950s his precise, light baritone was a familiar sound on rugby, tennis and athletics as well as cricket. He looked rather like a vicar - his father was a Suffragan Bishop - and sounded like a schoolmaster: he taught at Bedford School until the war, when some BBC men were billeted on him and one suggested his voice might be just right. He was a considerable sportsman: on the wing for Bedford and Rosslyn Park, running second in the 1923 University athletics match to Harold Abrahams - later his partner in the commentary box - and playing cricket for the Crusaders at Cambridge and for Bedfordshire, whom he captained in 1932.

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1985

Rex Alston in 1985

Rex Alston in 1985

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1957

Rex Alston commentating in 1957

Rex Alston commentating in 1957

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Aug 1951

The BBC commentary team in 1951: Back - Steve de Villiers, Arthur Gilligan, Rex Alston, Charles Fortune, John Arlott.  Front: Roy Webber, Arthur Wrigley, The Oval, August 1951

The BBC commentary team in 1951

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Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Worcs at Chester-le-Street - Jun 26-29
Durham 197 Worcs 367 (86.4 ov)
Essex v Middlesex at Chelmsford - Jun 26-29
Middlesex 246 Essex 106/0 (36 ov)
Glamorgan v Derbyshire at Cardiff - Jun 26-29
Derbyshire 288 & 2/0 (2 ov) Glamorgan 237
Hampshire v Somerset at Southampton - Jun 26-29
Hampshire 211/9d Somerset 43/1 (19 ov)
Northants v Leics at Northampton - Jun 26-29
Northants 261 & 60/3 (16 ov) Leics 157
Notts v Kent at Nottingham - Jun 26-29
Kent 180 & 105/4 (34 ov) Notts 371
Sussex v Gloucs at Hove - Jun 26-29
Sussex 358/9d Gloucs 31/0 (7 ov)
Warwickshire v Lancashire at Birmingham - Jun 26-29
Lancashire 273 Warwickshire 259/7 (109 ov)
Yorkshire v Surrey at Leeds - Jun 26-29
Surrey 516/7d Yorkshire 27/1 (10.5 ov)
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