Malcolm Ashton, TMS After Dinner Speaker – Test Match Special. Always batting for something – you’ll not be disappointed if you book Malcolm for your club.
From Bury in Lancashire, Malcolm worked as a scorer / statistician on Radio 2 and Test Match Special. He was usually found working as the Test Match Special scorer at The Oval.
A keen sense of humour is Malcolm’s hallmark as he recounts life in the Test Match Special Box, various TV commentary boxes and explores life with the players on tour and at home.
Having been involved in over 150 Test matches and 200 One Day Internationals and 10 years of touring, Malcolm has a fund of stories to call upon. It’s a fascinating insight into an England cricket team that is proving itself one to be reckoned with in world cricket.
Malcolm Ashton After Dinner Speaker
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.
Robert Hudson was responsible for the launch of TMS, writing to his Outside Broadcasts boss Charles Max-Muller in 1956, proposing broadcasting full ball-by-ball coverage of Tests rather than only covering fixed periods, and suggesting using the Third Programme (as BBC Radio 3 was then known) frequency, since at that time the Third Programme only broadcast in the evening. Malcolm Ashton (affectionately known as “Ashtray”) has been TMS scorer since Frindall’s death in 2009. South African Andrew Samson has been the scorer on overseas tours since the Ashes tour of 2010/11 and has taken over from Malcolm in 2014 for the home series against Sri Lanka and India. Andy Zaltzman became the scorer on the Sri Lankan tour of England in 2016. (Wikipedia)