Tributes fol­low­ing death of ‘ voice of English sum­mer’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Yourviews - By Wil­liam Smith

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.

He­was­di­ag­nosed­with­ter­mi­nal­cancer­inJan­uary2012.

Christo­pher Martin- Jenk­ins

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