Cricket: Bubbly duo out to wow Sheffield crowd

BBC Test Match Special commentator Henry Blofeld is performing in Sheffield tomorrow. Picture: Colin Thomas
BBC Test Match Special commentator Henry Blofeld is performing in Sheffield tomorrow. Picture: Colin Thomas
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Well known cricket broadcasters Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter will be aiming to wow the Sheffield public this week.

The duo, who are currently undertaking a UK theatre tour of a new humerous show detailing their exploits in the BBC commentary box from the last 40 years, are set to perform in the intimate Memorial Hall at Sheffield City Hall tomorrow night.

As part of their “Memories Of A Test Match Special” tour, Blofeld and Baxter plan on sharing plenty of amusing anecdotes.

Blofeld’s recognisable voice, bubbly personality and ability to paint pictures with words have been in demand all over the world since the 1970s. He has commentated on BBC Radio’s popular TMS show since 1972. He recently commentated on the Test match series between England and New Zealand. Some of his funny stories are about former TMS colleague Brian Johnston.

Baxter was the organising brain behind and producer of TMS for 34 years.

Blofeld said: “It is not a cricket show. We don’t talk about the merits of the game. It’s a funny, very lady friendly show.

“When you have done 70 shows, you know exactly what works and what doesn’t. It has been well received and we are going out this winter to Australia. We enjoy doing it and we are really looking forward to coming to Sheffield.”

Baxter added: “TMS has always been like a family - and the listeners are part of that family. And like all families, there are so many stories of the characters in it.”

*Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter visit Sheffield as part of their “Memories Of A Test Match Special” tour on June 20. The event, which takes place at the Sheffield City Hall, runs from 7:30pm-10.30pm. Tickets are priced at £18.50. For more information, ring 0114 2 789 789 or log on to www.memoriesoftestmatchspecial.com