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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 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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