Former Times and Daily Telegraph sports writer Martin Searby has died aged 72
Searby was a popular figure among players and journalists on the cricket circuit and was well-known for his reports on Yorkshire County Cricket Club during his 50-year career, The Times reports.
Searby was born in 1939 in Pontefract and started writing for Ice Hockey World while he was still at school, before moving to London to work for The Sun.
In the 1970s he moved back to his home county.
Searby wrote for several national papers and had a weekly column in the Sheffield Saturday sports paper.
In the late 1980s and the 1990s he wrote regularly for the Times and the Sunday Times, and worked for the Telegraph until 2005. He also wrote about ice hockey for The Star in Sheffield.