Tributes following death of ‘ voice of English summer’
Peterborough- born Christopher Martin- Jenkins, described as “the voice of cricket”, has died fromcanceraged 67.
Following his death on NewYear’sDay, tributesflooded in for the father- of- three who was described as “one of the voices of the English summer”, “a true gentleman” and “oneofcricket’s mostrespectedwriters andbroadcasters”.
Born in Peterborough in 1945, Martin- Jenkins, known as CMJ, joined the BBC as part of the Test Match Special team in 1973 having previously had a modest cricketing career that peaked with a 99 for Marlborough at Lord’s.
He worked as the BBC’s cricket correspondent twice, firstly between 1973 and 1980 and secondly between 1985 and 1991, while also commentating on the network’s television coverage between 1981 and 1985.
Martin- Jenkins was the Daily Telegraph’s cricket correspondent from 1990 to 1999 and then moved to the Times, where he was succeeded by former England batsman Michael Atherton in 2008.
He continued to contribute to the cricket coverage in the newspaper and wrote numerousbooksaboutthesport.
Christopher Martin- Jenkins