The Pinch Hitter – Issue 5 out now

The fifth issue of the Pinch Hitter, an interactive digital magazine, is now available to read via the link below.

The magazine was set up in response to the current pandemic and the knock-on effect this has, and will continue to have, on freelance writers. You can read more about the birth of the Pinch Hitter here.

In order to fund this in the short term, TriNorth Communications (who produce the Nightwatchman and Wisden Cricket Monthly as well as The Blizzard and Gridiron magazines) staff have sacrificed 20% of their salary.

It will not be possible to fund the Pinch Hitter without additional income forever of course. You are able to support the Pinch Hitter, either by making a one-off donation, donating every time you read an issue, or paying whatever you can afford whenever you can afford it.

Payment can be made in the following ways:

1) Via direct bank transfer to the Pinch Hitter’s bank account (This is the best way to donate because bank fees are lower than PayPal fees)

Account name: Pinch Hitter
Sort code: 400517
Account number: 71515934

2) Via this Paypal button (Paypal account not required)

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ALL of the money that goes from the general public into the Pinch Hitter bank and PayPal accounts will be used to continue producing the Pinch Hitter, paying freelancers worldwide to write brilliantly about what they love.



Inside issue 5…

Best & Worst: Sporting gestures From conviviality to skulduggery

The innings I wish I’d seen Michael Atherton’s day of behaving strangely

The world according to… Rob Key

An audience with Ollie Pope An exclusive interview with English cricket’s great red hope

The flowering of Scotland Their first ever ODI, recalled

Greigy & Dolly The most consequential cricketers of the last century

Calling The Shots podcast Broadcasters Adam Collins and Dan Norcross present the fourth part of their definitive series on commentary

What do they know of art? How contemporary art relates to cricket

The youth vote Holding on to cricket’s next generation

Cricket in the ‘old normal’ When the MCG last opened its gates

Jack Leach and black dogs How England’s spinner unwittingly helped an old teammate through the bad times

The Pinch Hitter Quiz: Unusual birthplaces Steven Lynch on cricket’s exotic outliers

Happy reading!

Matt Thacker
TriNorth Ltd