Robin Martin-Jenkins

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Robin Martin-Jenkins
Personal information
Full name Robin Simon Christopher Martin-Jenkins
Born (1975-10-28) 28 October 1975 (age 40)
Guildford, Surrey, England
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium pace
Domestic team information
Years Team
1994–2010 Sussex
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 162 208 31
Runs scored 6520 1865 205
Batting average 31.04 15.04 14.64
100s/50s 3/35 –/3 –/1
Top score 205* 68* 56*
Balls bowled 21886 9104 625
Wickets 384 219 24
Bowling average 32.83 29.49 32.54
5 wickets in innings 6
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 7/51 4/22 4/20
Catches/stumpings 46/– 43/– 10/–
Source: [1], 22 January 2009

Robin Simon Christopher Martin-Jenkins (born 28 October 1975) is an English former cricketer who played for Sussex CCC and British Universities. He is six feet 5 inches tall. He is the son of cricket writer and journalst Christopher Martin-Jenkins,[1] and as such has been nicknamed RMJ[2] (a reference to his father CMJ).

Early life[edit]

Martin-Jenkins was educated at Radley College and was in the same college house at the same time as cricketers Andrew Strauss and Ben Hutton. These three were among other successes in the first batch of 1997 at Durham University's Centre of Excellence for Cricket, which was led by former test batsman Graeme Fowler.[3][4] Strauss said that he was helped by Hutton and Martin-Jenkins, as he "gained confidence from the fact that I was not the only person who was prepared to take the risk of jumping off the City-bound conveyer belt."[5]

Cricket career[edit]

Martin-Jenkins played his entire first class career for Sussex, except for 1 first-class match for British Universities in 1996.[6] He scored his maiden first-class century in 2001,[2] and in 2002, he and Mark Davis scored a record eighth-wicket partnership for Sussex of 291, and Martin-Jenkins also hit his career best score of 205*.[7] As of 2015, this is still the highest eighth-wicket partnership for Sussex.[8] He was a prominent member of both the 2003, 2006 and 2007 County Championship winning teams; in 2011, Steve James writing in the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack described Martin-Jenkins and James Kirtley (who also retired in 2010) as "consistent and reliable performers who are role models and guardians of a team ethos that can endure."[9] He described Martin-Jenkins as "the most solid of all-rounders".[9]

Retirement and post-retirement[edit]

In July 2010, Martin-Jenkins announced his retirement at Hove on 19 July 2010, in order to become a teacher.[10][11] In his final season, he averaged 62.90 with the bat, and took 30 wickets at an average of under 20 runs per wicket.[9] He taught at Hurstpierpoint College, and in 2014 he moved to Harrow School, where he teaches Geography and is Master in Charge of Cricket.[12]

In 2015, St Bede's School opened a new stand in memory of Christopher Martin-Jenkins, and Robin Martin-Jenkins rang the bell to signal the start of play.[13]


  1. ^ "BBC SPORT - SUSSEX - A critic in the family". Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "BBC SPORT - COUNTIES - RMJ hits top notes". Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Cricket chiefs view success at the Centre of Excellence". Centre of Excellence for Cricket. Durham University. 21 November 1997. Archived from the original on 2004-09-27. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Tozer, Malcolm (2012). Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools. p. 227. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Strauss, Andrew (2006). Andrew Strauss: Coming into Play - My Life in Test Cricket. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Paul Weaver. "Martin-Jenkins at double". the Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c The Shorter Wisden 2011: Selected writing from Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2011. Bloomsbury Publishing. 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "BBC Sport - Cricket - Sussex's Robin Martin-Jenkins announces retirement". Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Robin Martin-Jenkins to leave Sussex for new career in teaching". the Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Harrow School Sports contacts". Harrow School Sports Department website. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  13. ^ PROMOTIONAL FEATURE. "Bede's Cricket Pavilion opening honours Christopher Martin-Jenkins". Sussex Life. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 

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