All Out Cricket Magazine Issue 157

All Out Cricket Magazine Issue 157

The latest All Out Cricket is our final ever issue. In it we celebrate a golden summer of county cricket by speaking to the key men behind Essex’s against-the-odds Championship triumph, Vithushan Ehantharajah takes us behind the curtain to reveal what life is like on the county circuit and Raf Nicholson reviews the second edition of the Kia Super League. 

Elsewhere we pay tribute to Kumar Sangakkara with an evocative photo feature after the Sri Lankan legend signed off from first-class cricket in typically magnificent style and ex-England quick Steve Harmison explains the difficulties he had to overcome in his career in a candid interview. 

The magazine is out on Thursday October 5. You can find it in WHSmith, Asda, Nisa, One Stop, McColl’s or Spar, or you can buy it direct from us.

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A few teasers from the new issue…

“Did I think we could win it at the start of the season? The honest answer is no.”
Essex skipper Ryan ten Doeschate is one of four key figures who talk us through the county’s unexpected title win

The story of Essex's incredible season
The story of Essex’s incredible season

“Unimpressed by the pitch laid out by their opponents, Ian Bell took aim at the home captain, before turning to a young talent in the opposing team and publicly courting him. ‘Don’t worry you won’t have to put up with this much longer. You’ll be with us next year.’ The reply was brutal: ‘With you? You’ll be in Div Two next year!’ He was right.”
Vithushan Ehantharajah lifts the lid on a feisty season of county cricket

“Average attendance at the group stage matches was 1,379, up by a third from 2016. Talking to fans at the grounds, it was evident that the World Cup had done its job in generating hugely increased interest in the women’s game.”
Raf Nicholson reviews the second edition of the Kia Super League

“It was always questioned throughout my career, whether I wanted to play for England, whether I wanted to tour, the ‘homesickness’ problems were continuously brought up, but I was happy with them saying that, because there was more to it.”
Steve Harmison reveals the inner demons he faced during his career

Kumar Sangakkara
So long, Sanga

“When bowling the yorker, I try and lower my bowling arm a little bit so the trajectory is coming in a bit flatter.”
Anya Shrubsole, England’s World Cup winning hero, shares her tips on how to bowl the perfect yorker

“Anderson’s skills are a wonder to behold. He is England’s leading all-time wicket-taker, but he is so much more than that. He is England’s emeritus professor of fast bowling.”
John Stern pays tribute to James Anderson after England’s king of swing passed 500 Test wickets

“An unfamiliar man opened the door and brought me to where Imran was lying naked, face down on his bed. ‘I hope you don’t mind if I have a massage while we’re doing this,’ he said. I wasn’t really in a position to refuse.”
Guardian journalist John Crace recalls sharing a dressing room with Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup winning squad

The story of AOC told through our spines
The story of AOC told through our spines

“For nine months I was sober, I paid off my debts and suddenly I had money and nothing to spend it on. I thought I could have another drink and within three months I was living in a tent on a nature reserve. I’d fully lost the plot, I was drinking two or three bottles of whisky a day. I just couldn’t stop.”
The cautionary tale of Simon Cusden, a former Kent and England under 19 fast bowler who very nearly lost his life to alcoholism after his career collapsed

“When I first came on to bowl I was given a standing ovation before even bowling a ball! It was an unbelievable feeling, but it didn’t do much for the nerves.”
Ian Salisbury on the big breaks and slippery wrong ‘uns from a memorable career, in The Definitive

“The following week I retired hurt after trapping my foreskin in my box, split by a sharp nip-backer from a wiry 20-year-old paceman recently released by Worcestershire by the name of Dean Headley.”
Scott Oliver on the growing pains of club cricket, in My Golden Summer

“I used to have a nightmare about being locked in a car with Bruno Mars on full blast and not being able to turn it off.”
Isa Guha tackles our 21 Questions

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AOC 157 cover

AOC 157

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