Death of cricket commentator Martin-Jenkins

Updated: Tuesday, 01 Jan 2013 13:01

Cricket journalist and former president of the Marylebone Cricket Club, Christopher Martin-Jenkins, has died of cancer at the age of 67.

Martin-Jenkins worked as a commentator on Test Match Special on BBC Radio. He also worked as a cricket correspondent for both the Daily Telegraph and the Times during his career.

Martin-Jenkins was given an MBE in 2009 and served as the MCC's president in 2010 and 2011. The official account of Lord's tweeted on Tuesday: "Former MCC President Christopher Martin-Jenkins has died. Sad, sad news to start the new year."

Martin-Jenkins' son Robin was a professional cricketer for Sussex until his retirement in 2010, making 162 first class appearances for the county.

Reacting to the news on Twitter, Charlotte Edwards, captain of England's women, said: 

Former England spinner Shaun Udal added: "So sad to hear the news that Christopher Martin-Jenkins has passed away this morning. #ripcmj".

Martin Jenkins was diagnosed with terminal cancer in January 2012, shortly after returning from covering England's tour of the United Arab Emirates for TMS. 

MCC president Mike Griffith said: "CMJ will be sorely missed. I was fortunate to know him from his schooldays at Marlborough College and we became good friends. Christopher gave tremendous service to cricket and to MCC, where he was president as recently as 2010.

"As a commentator and journalist he was passionate about upholding the values of the game and always expressed his views with clarity and humour.

"Everyone at MCC shares the sadness now being felt by the cricketing world that his live commentaries will never be heard again.

"On behalf of all members of the club I have sent our deepest condolences to Christopher's widow Judy and their children Robin, James and Lucy."

In 2007 Martin-Jenkins became the first, and so far only, career journalist and broadcaster to deliver the annual MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture - previous lecturers had all been former international cricketers.

When nominated in 2010 by John Barclay to succeed him as president of MCC, he described Martin-Jenkins as "the voice of cricket", adding: "When CMJ appears on the radio, he makes you feel that all is right with the world."