Along with horse racing and rugby league, Jonathan has been a lifelong cricket fan and, having first played at the age of 10, he continues to do so now at a very moderate local level when work commitments allow.
With a brother who played professionally and another who represented the White Rose county at school and club level, plus sons who both now don the whites, the Doidge family is steeped in cricket.
Jonathan’s first experience of Test cricket was at his beloved Headingley, the day after Geoffrey Boycott had scored his 100th hundred in the Ashes series of 1977, and he has only missed one Test at the venue in the years since.
He was present on that extraordinary day in 2000 when England dismissed the West Indies for just 61 and a part of all four innings took place on one day.
His favourite moment as a viewer at the ground, however, came on that wonderful July day of 1981 when, along with his mate and playing colleague at the time David ‘Lugsy’ Leatherdale (now the chairman of the Professional Cricketers’ Association), he was sitting on the boundary edge as the great Sir Ian Botham and the late Graham Dilley smashed the Aussies to all parts in only the second Test match ever to witness a team win from having followed-on.
Little did either of them know that ‘Lugsy’ would go on to play alongside ‘Beefy’ at New Road for Worcestershire.
Since becoming involved in broadcasting, Jonathan has commentated on Yorkshire CCC for BBC Radio Leeds and also called Test matches, World Cups and T20 World Championships for radio with Sky, alongside former top pros such as the late Graham Roope and also Ashley Metcalfe. He also worked as the cricket reporter for Radio Yorkshire.
On 11th October, 2018, after covering several Yorkshire CCC games for the BBC later in the season, he was announced as the new BBC Radio Leeds cricket commentator for the 2019 season. This followed the sad passing of his former colleague Dave Callaghan earlier in the year.