The Cricket Articles

Stories from the cricketing edges….

(written for the SPIN cricket websites in 2009)

Travel Broadens The Feet

Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Vaughan And Me

Zaheer Abbas, A Nude Ravi Shastri And Me

When Kemp Met Heaton

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A collection of the ‘Challenge Kemp’ articles written for SPIN magazine between 2005 – 2007…

Life With Cricket’s OAP Hardcore

Published in the July 2007 issue of SPIN magazine.

I go on the road with three Yorkshire men of a certain age who have seen at least a game of cricket a day for 15 years. Can I keep up?

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My England World Cup Song

Published in the March 2007 issue of SPIN magazine.

I record a suitably gloomy song for England’s 2007 World Cup cricket team.

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Batting Against Merlyn

Published in the January 2007 issue of SPIN magazine.

I have a go against the bowling machine responsible for England success in the Ashes. I have a go against it in the Blue Peter studios alongside Mark Ramprakash. Bizarre scenes.

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Infiltrating The Autograph Alberts

Published in the September 2006 issue of SPIN magazine.

I enter the murky world of the cricketing autograph hunters.

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Bowling At Charlotte Edwards

Published in the March 2006 issue of SPIN magazine.

I have a go at bowling at the England Womens captain. Results: mixed.

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Getting In ‘The Zone’

Published in the January 2006 issue of SPIN magazine.

I visit a sports psychologist who has treated numerous first class cricketers. Am I a case too far though?

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My Day As Surrey 12th Man

Published in the September 2005 issue of SPIN magazine.

I take on 12th Man duties at The Oval for a Surrey v Bangladesh first class match.

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My Day With The Aussie Fans

Published in the July 2005 issue of SPIN magazine.

I cheer on England in a Walkabout pub in London. It doesn’t go smoothly.

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Facing Flintoff In The Nets

Published in the July 2005 issue of SPIN magazine.

I face an over in the Lord’s nets from England duo Jon Lewis and Freddie Flintoff. With mixed results…

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My Day As An Essex Eagles Cheerleader

Published in the June 2005 issue of SPIN magazine.

I agree to help out with the interval enterainment at an Essex one-day game. Including donning a mini skirt and joining the cheerleading troop, and dressing us Eddie the Eagle, the club mascot.

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My Day Training With KP

Published in the May 2005 issue of SPIN magazine.

I try a day of pre-season training with Kevin Pietersen and Hampshire County Cricket Club

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