Malcolm Ashton, TMS After Dinner Speaker Test Match Special, is always batting for something. 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. He has 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. Test Match Special (also known as TMS) is a British radio programme.
Originally, as its name implies, it dealt exclusively with Test Matches. It is currently covering any professional cricket, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (long wave). It also broadcasts on 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, Twenty20 matches and tournaments involving the England cricket team.
After Dinner Speaker Malcolm Ashton
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.
He suggested using the Third Programme (as BBC Radio 3 was then known) frequency, since the Third Programme only broadcast in the evening.
Malcolm Ashton (affectionately known as “Ashtray”) had 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.
He took over from Malcolm in 2014 for the home series against Sri Lanka and India. (Wikipedia)
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