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Mark Church commentating Surrey cricket
Mark Church's life in the commentary box
To thousands of Surrey supporters that log on from around the world for commentary, Mark Church is the voice of cricket. BBC London's Chirag Trivedi reports
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His love of the game started at an incredibly early age.
"My dad stuck a bat in my hand within an hour of me coming into the world," he claims.
"Cricket was a bit of a family thing. Dad was a good club player and mum made cracking teas!"
He followed the fortunes of Sussex when they had the likes of South African quick bowler Garth Le Roux and Pakistan all-rounder Imran Khan:
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"And my best memory in cricket is when Graham Gooch made 333 at Lords against India.
"David Gower was my favourite player back then but out of today's lot it has to be another left handed batsman, Brian Lara."
But of his own playing prowess he says: "I tried very hard without much success. I tried to be a batsman.
"I talked a cracking game without actually doing anything spectacular in the middle. I only play in my dreams now!"
But the vocal side of his game proved to be his best shot as he took up commentating.
He eventually landed a job at the BBC London where his commentary receives thousands of hits from across the world.
His other interests include following the London Broncos in Super League rugby and "lying on the beach catching some serious rays".
But with a feast of Cricket this summer Mark will be kept away from the sea side.
"The best thing about cricket is that it's a sport that not only involves skill but brains," he said.
"But the one thing I would change about the game would be to have longer lunch and tea breaks so I can get something to eat!"
last updated: 10/07/07