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Mark Church commentating Surrey cricket

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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He may not be as famous as, say Richie Benaud, but the 30-year-old from Kent who now lives in Maida Vale in north London, provides invaluable web coverage.

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:

"I of course followed England as well when they had players like David Gower, Ian Botham and Mike Gatting. They were great to watch.

Mark Church logs on to e-mails from listeners

Mark Church gets e-mails from overseas

"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!"

"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"

BBC London's cricket man Mark Church

But the vocal side of his game proved to be his best shot as he took up commentating.

"I began whilst I was at Durham University on a station called Purple FM," he said.

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!"

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