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. 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.
Recommended Reading: Brian Johnston – Johnners’: A View from the Boundary: Test Match Special (BBC Audiobooks) John Cleese, Christopher Lee and Michael Parkinson share their passion for cricket with the great broadcaster, Brian Johnston. 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.