Tribute to sport stalwart

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A CRICKET journalist who once wrote for The Star has died at the age of 72.

During a 50-year career Martin Searby covered Yorkshire County Cricket matches in the 1970s and 80s and was a familiar face at county grounds.

Martin was born in Pontefract and moved to London as a boy. He was educated at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School.

His career in sports journalism spanned over half a century - he became cricket correspondent for Radio Leeds and went on to write about the team’s triumphs and losses for The Star in Sheffield, as well as for the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail.

In 1985 he received the Wombwell Cricket Lovers’ Society Cricket Writer of the Year Award, and in recent years collaborated with Geoff Boycott on a book and editing his website. Martin was a loyal member of the Cricket Writers’ Club and he always held in particular affection his Yorkshire cricket colleagues.

Martin died from bladder cancer, leaving his long-term partner Hilary.

His funeral will take place at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium, Dewsbury, on Thursday at 1pm.