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After over a decade working in financial services, in 1997 Jonathan decided to follow one of his childhood dreams of being a sports commentator / writer. While working towards his first class degree in media / sport at Leeds Trinity University College, Jonathan got his chance to work at BBC Radio Leeds as sports producer and reporter. A regular on the rugby league commentary roster, Jonathan also covered Yorkshire CCC on their cricketing travels, football, horse racing, and produced a series of programmes about so-called minority sports for John Boyd's "Night Sport" show. In addition to Radio Leeds, he also worked as rugby league presenter/commentator on BBC Radio York and covered football for BBC 'away' stations at games in the Yorkshire. After two years there, he moved just down the road to, continuing to broadcast on the ill-fated TEAMtalk 252 Long Wave sports radio station. Here he was the presenter / producer of weekly rugby league show "LEAGUEtalk", and he also commentated on the sport, along with football's 2002 World Cup. Out in the field, Jonathan was also a regular reporter from sports events and England football press conferences, while back in the studio he produced and co-presented on a variety of daytime sports programmes. When the station came to an abrupt end in August, 2002, Jonathan went freelance, continuing to work at as a writer on horse racing, football and rugby league. Once the company initiated its online sports betting show "Sportslive", he then became a regular presenter / commentator / pundit on the show. April 2006 saw the launch of the book "Super League: The First 10 Years", co-written by Jonathan and Phil Caplan. By 2008, Jonathan had become an employee of Sky Sports Networked Media, continuing to present, commentate and report on radio for the company on both "Sportslive" and Sky Sports News Radio. In addition to the staple of horse racing, he was also involved calling the greyhounds, England's Test and ODI cricket matches, more rugby league, rugby union and football. In February of 2012, Jonathan returned to freelancing and within a month was back working for Sky Sports News and it's radio equivalent. He continues to do so as a reporter at rugby league and cricket matches. He also works as an occasional reporter on 'live' rugby league programmes for Sky Sports News.

Wayne Bennett names 19-man squad for Elland Road Test

James Graham will Captain England in the Third Test against New Zealand at Elland Road this Sunday, as the national side aim to secure a 3-0 victory against the Kiwis.

Head coach Wayne Bennett has made four changes to his 19-man squad: Leeds Rhinos half-back Richie Myler, Warrington Wolves’ Stefan Ratchford, Wigan Warriors’ Joe Greenwood and Wakefield Trinity centre Reece Lyne come in to the side to replace Sean O’Loughlin, Sam Tomkins, Daryl Clark and George Burgess.

Second row Elliott Whitehead will make his 20th appearance for England in this Sunday’s Test.

England Squad in full:

  1. Jonny Lomax (St Helens, Orrell St James)
  2. Tommy Makinson (St Helens, Wigan St Judes)
  3. Jake Connor (Hull FC, Siddal)
  4. Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)
  5. Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants, Deighton Juniors)
  6. George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)
  7. Richie Myler (Leeds Rhinos, Halton Farnworth Hornets)
  8. Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves, New Springs Lions)
  9. Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders, East Hull)
  10. James Graham (c) (St George Illawarra Dragons, Blackbrook)
  11. John Bateman (Wigan Warriors, Bradford Dudley Hill )
  12. Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders, West Bowling)
  13. Luke Thompson (St Helens, Bold Miners)
  14. Adam Milner (Castleford Tigers, Stanley Rangers)
  15. Tom Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)
  16. Joe Greenwood (Wigan Warriors, Saddleworth Rangers)
  17. Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves, Wigan St Patricks)
  18. Mark Percival (St Helens, Halton Farnworth Hornets)
  19. Reece Lyne (Wakefield Trinity, Ideal Isberg)

Exciting “Ashes Adversaries” coming in the spring…

Can’t wait for another instalment in #cricket ‘s most famous and historic event? No need to. Jonathan is planning a series a roadshows in the spring, to whet your appetite for the greatest series of them all, when you can hear from and meet some of those who have faced up to each other in legendary #Ashes battles. To find about more about an event near you, watch this space…


Jonathan Doidge has been appointed as BBC Radio Leeds’ new cricket correspondent to cover Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Jonathan will take over the commentary mic from Dave Callaghan (known as Cally) who sadly passed away earlier this year.

Born in Horsforth in Leeds, Jonathan has been a regular on the county circuit for a number of years and has expert knowledge of the game and its players. He also has over two decades worth of experience in sports journalism and broadcasting.

Jonathan said: “I enjoyed many hours sharing the mic covering cricket with Cally. He was a friend as well as a colleague and I understand that he meant a great deal to his listeners.

“It will be both an honour and a privilege to cover my county. I am very excited about what lies ahead. Roll on April!”

Jonathan will cover all County Championship games, both home and away, along with the shorter one day, and T20 matches.

Jonathan added: “There has been a lifelong passion for cricket in my family. Both my brothers represented Yorkshire at various levels and I still play (badly!) when I can. I know what cricket means to Yorkshire people and I have a great respect for both that and the game itself.”

BBC Radio Leeds Sports Editor, Jonathan Buchan, said: “Whilst we will never be able to replace our beloved Dave Callaghan, I hope our listeners will welcome Jonathan in as one of their own. His knowledge of the game and passion for the county shines through and that was a major part in the decision to add him to our team. He already has a strong relationship with the club and the characters that have stood at the crease both in the past and present day.”

Listeners will be able to hear ball-by-ball commentary of every Yorkshire game in the 2019 season via the BBC Radio Leeds website