Introducing Malcolm Ashton whose scoring career began in the mid-1970s at Rawtenstall Cricket Club. In 1995 Malcolm 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. Malcolm ‘Ashtray’ Ashton was the BBC’s Test Match Special (TMS) scorer.
This soon led to Malcolm Ashton scoring for BBC Radio and Channel 4’s cricket programmes. 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.
BBC Test Match Special With Malcolm Ashton
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. It currently covers 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. (Wikipedia)
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