Introducing Malcolm Ashton. Since 2009, Malcolm ‘Ashtray’ Ashton has been the BBC’s Test Match Special (TMS) scorer.
His scoring career began in the mid-1970s at Rawtenstall Cricket Club. This soon led to scoring for BBC Radio and Channel 4’s cricket programmes.
In 1995 Malcolm Ashton was asked by Ray Illingworth to go on the South African Cricket tour as the Team Scorer with the England Cricket Squad.
Malcolm Ashton – BBC Test Match Special Speaker
This led to 12 years of involvement with the England cricket team, totalling over 150 Test matches and 200 one day matches. In 2009 Malcolm took over BBC Sport’s most popular columns following the death of his predecessor Bill ‘Bearders’ Frindall in 2009.
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During the lunch interval on the Saturday of every Test in England, BBC Radio’s ‘Test Match Special‘ used to invite a well-known guest into the commentary box for a chat with Brian Johnston about themselves and their passion for cricket.
Test Match Special (also known as TMS) is a British radio programme, originally, as its name implies, dealing exclusively with Test Matches, but currently covering any professional cricket, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (long wave), Five Live Sports Extra (digital) and via the internet to the United Kingdom and (where broadcasting rights permit) the rest of the world. TMS provides ball-by-ball coverage of most Test cricket, One Day International, and Twenty20 matches and tournaments involving the England cricket team.
In a Test match three or four commentators and three or four summarisers are used in rotation; each commentator “sits in” before the microphone for 20 minutes, and each summariser for 30 minutes, at a time. The voices of the TMS commentators have become part of the sound of an English summer, and there is a tradition of the commentators being referred to by nicknames (often based on the first syllable of their surname, plus the syllable “-ers”). (Wikipedia)