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Brian Johnston      

Full name Brian Alexander Johnston

Born June 24, 1912, Little Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

Died January 5, 1994, Westminster, London (aged 81 years 195 days)

Also known as Johnners

Playing role Wicketkeeper

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Other Commentator, Journalist, Author

Education Eton College: Oxford University

Relation Grandson - N Oldridge

Brian Alexander Johnston
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Brian Alexander Johnston, CBE, MC, who died on January 5, 1994, aged 81, was among the best-known and best-loved of all cricket broadcasters. Along with John Arlott, who died in 1991, he was the central figure of BBC's Test Match Special and responsible for its unique style. Brian Johnston's major contribution to the game was to maintain that it was wholly fun, like life itself; cricketers were never incompetent, they were always unlucky ( He's just dropped three catches, poor chap). This could only be a partial view of cricket and his broadcasting thus never had the richness or depth of Arlott's. But he was a tremendous all-round professional-among the greatest ad-lib outside broadcasters - who upheld his standards and his enthusiasm until his heart attack a month before he died. Even then, he was on his way to do another edition of his one-man touring show, An Evening with Johnners. He was mourned by many millions.

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May 23, 1989

BBC commentators Fred Trueman, Christopher Martin-Jenkins and Brian Johnston eat cake, London, May 23, 1989

BBC commentators Fred Trueman, Christopher Martin-Jenkins and Brian Johnston eat cake

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Apr 19, 1971

Commentator Brian Johnston conducts the victorious England squad in a rendition of

Commentator Brian Johnston conducts the victorious England squad in a rendition of "The Ashes Song" at the Decca studio in London

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Apr 19, 1971

Brian Johnston conducts the English team in a rendition of 'The Ashes Song', London, April 19, 1971

Brian Johnston conducts the English team in a rendition of 'The Ashes Song'

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Awarded CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire)

Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Warwickshire at Chester-le-Street - Aug 23-26
Durham 207 Warwickshire 315/7 (108 ov)
Glamorgan v Sussex at Cardiff - Aug 23-26
Glamorgan 252 & 50/1 (19 ov) Sussex 283
Gloucs v Kent at Bristol - Aug 23-26
Gloucs 221 Kent 346/4 (82 ov)
Leics v Essex at Leicester - Aug 23-26
Leics 238 Essex 368/8 (103 ov)
Somerset v Hampshire at Taunton - Aug 23-26
Hampshire 338 Somerset 257/5 (71.2 ov)
Surrey v Lancashire at The Oval - Aug 23-26
Lancashire 287 Surrey 354/6 (113 ov)
Worcs v Northants at Worcester - Aug 23-26
Northants 551 Worcs 153/1 (40 ov)
Yorkshire v Notts at Scarborough - Aug 23-26
Yorkshire 282 & 200/4 (61 ov) Notts 94
1st ODI: England v Pakistan at Southampton - Aug 24
England won by 44 runs (D/L method)
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