Kirtley: Martin-Jenkins had passion for the game behind us

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Former Eastbourne and Sussex cricketer James Kirtley paid tribute to respected cricket journalist and broadcaster and past MCC President Christopher Martin-Jenkins who passed away this week.

Kirtley, who enjoyed a long, successful career at Sussex playing alongside Christopher’s son Robin, said, “First and foremost my thoughts are with the family. Robin and I started and finished our careers at the same time. During that time I got to know them very well.

“Christopher was a highly-respected journalist who had a passion for the game. He was a great communicator and would convey accurately and without perhaps the fluff that you sometimes see and hear.

“I’m sure he looked on with immense pride at what Robin achieved with Sussex.”

Sussex County Cricket Club is opening a Book of Condolence for Christopher and Tony Greig at the County Ground from Monday, January 7 until the end of the month.

Former England captain Greig, who died following a heart attack in December, played for Sussex from 1967 to 1978 as an all rounder and was captain from 1973 to 1977.

All members and supporters are welcome to pay tribute between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

Both men were revered throughout the cricket world and had strong Sussex connections.

Eastbourne and Middlesex cricketer Ollie Rayner, who played for Sussex from 2006-11, tweeted, “Really sad to hear the news that Christopher Martin Jenkins has passed, a great man who will be sorely missed, best wishes to RMJ and family.”