Neil Durden-Smith

Neil Durden-Smith OBE (born 18 August 1933, Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey, England) is a former English sports commentator and first-class cricketer.

Neil Durden-Smith
Personal information
Born (1933-08-18) 18 August 1933 (age 87)
Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey, England
RelationsJudith Chalmers (wife)
Mark Durden-Smith (son)
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 4
Runs scored 111
Batting average 22.20
100s/50s 0/1
Top score 50
Balls bowled 0
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 0/0
Source: Cricket Archive, 27 November 2014
Neil Durden-Smith (left) with Lord Cobham in 1958

Life and careerEdit

Durden-Smith was educated at Aldenham School and the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon. His service as an officer in the Royal Navy from 1952 to 1963 included a period as aide-de-camp to the Governor-General of New Zealand, Lord Cobham, from 1957 to 1959.[1] He worked as a radio and television sports commentator and producer in England from the 1960s to the 1990s.

He played four matches of first-class cricket in the 1960s. His highest scores were 33 and 50 in his first match, for Combined Services against Nottinghamshire in 1961.[2]

He was awarded the OBE in 1997.[3] He has been married to Judith Chalmers, a television presenter, since 1964. They have a son and a daughter; their son, Mark, is also a television presenter.


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