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Deep sadness following the death of two cricket greats

By Sussex Courier  |  Posted: January 04, 2013

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SUSSEX County Cricket Club have been "deeply saddened" this week following the deaths of two cricketing greats with close connections to the club.

Former captain Tony Greig died on Saturday, December 29, at the age of 66, while Test Match Special commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins, whose son Robin helped Sussex to the County Championship in 2003 and 2006, died on New Year's Day, aged 67.

Sussex players took to social networking website Twitter to pay tribute to the two men, with Matt Prior describing Martin-Jenkins as a "legend" and several others calling him "a true gentleman". Prior also said Greig was one of his heroes.

Greig, who played for Sussex between 1966 and 1978, also played for England, scoring 3,599 Test runs at an average of 40.43 and taking 141 wickets at an average of 32.20.

He also captained England before joining Kerry Packer's breakaway World Series Cricket competition, for which he was one of the star recruits.

Greig lived in Sydney, Australia, from the late 1970s and commentated on cricket for Channel Nine for 33 years, while he visited the County Ground at Hove in July 2012.

Christopher Martin-Jenkins – or CMJ as he was widely known – died on Monday after a short battle with cancer. He was well-respected throughout the cricketing world for his unique style of writing and commentary, while he was close to Sussex with his son Robin playing for the county for 15 years.

Sussex chairman Jim May said: "Everyone connected with Sussex cricket is deeply saddened by the untimely loss of these two cricketing giants."

May also said that the club would be opening separate books of condolence.

The books will open at the County Ground from Monday, January 7 and remain open between 9am and 5pm (Monday to Friday) until the end of the month.

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