Christopher Dennis Alexander Martin-Jenkins
January 20, 1945, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
January 01, 2013, Rudgewick, Sussex, (aged 67y 347d)
Right hand Bat
Right arm Slow
Marlborough; Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
Commentator, Journalist, Author
A useful cricketer himself - he scored 99 for Marlborough at Lord's and turned out for Surrey 2nd XI - Christopher Martin-Jenkins was employed on the Cricketer by EW Swanton on leaving Cambridge, joining the BBC sports team in 1970 and commentating on his first international match - an ODI - in 1972. The following summer, aged 28, he was chosen to succeed Brian Johnston as the BBC's cricket correspondent, a post he held until 1991, with a four-year break between 1981 and 1984. He edited the Cricketer from 1981 to 1991. He was cricket correspondent of the Daily Telegraph, from 1991 to 1999, and of the Times from 1999 to 2008. He was a member of the Test Match Special team from 1973 to 2012, again with a break between 1981 and 1985 when he was used on BBC TV. He was also a prolific author, and his accounts of the 1973-74 West Indies tour (Testing Time) and the 1974-75 series in Australia (Assault On The Ashes) set the tone for more than three decades of quality output. In 2009 he was awarded and MBE then in 2010-11 was president of the MCC. Shortly after that tenure he was diagnosed with cancer and he died on New Year's Day, 2013, working until the end with his last article in the Times appearing the previous day.