Martin-Jenkins passes away

Christopher Martin-Jenkins has died

Christopher Martin-Jenkins has died

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

His friend and colleague Jonathan Agnew said on Twitter: "Desperately sad to tell you that CMJ died peacefully this morning".

The news was also reported by the BBC, where Martin-Jenkins worked as a commentator on Test Match Special. 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: "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: "Awful news of Christopher Martin Jenkins passing away,true gentleman and fantastic servant to the game of cricket,he will be missed #ripcmj".

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

Ex-England all-rounder and current broadcaster Sir Ian Botham added: "Very sad to hear of the death of the 'Major'... Christopher Martin Jenkins. Our thoughts are with the family . A true Gentleman !!"

Born in Peterborough, Martin-Jenkins joined the BBC as part of the TMS 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.

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

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