98 Not Out - The Cricket Podcast
By 98 Not Out - the cricket podcast
‘98 Not Out’ is a podcast that brings the latest news and discussion about the national and international cricket scene all year round, featuring guest interviews with the likes of Mark Butcher, Nasser Hussain, Henry Blofeld, David Gower and David “Bumble” Lloyd. ‘98 Not Out’ will give you the cricket fix you need.
‘98 Not Out’ is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
‘98 Not Out’ is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Steve Smith to Sussex...Colin Graves back to Yorkshire...Boycott wants The Blast cancelled!?!?!
With lots going on, "The Grumbler" joins us to discuss: - the controversial arrival at Sussex this summer (for three games) of Australia's Steve Smith. - the amount of franchise cricket taking place around the world. - as Lord Patel steps down and Dame Tanni Grey Thompson is announced as co-Chair until the AGM at Yorkshire, Colin Graves throws his hat into the ring for a return to the job - a good or bad thing? - And Geoffrey Boycott has called for an end to The Blast... We get our teeth onto all these subjects, while studiously trying to avoid mentioning The Tournament That Shall Not Be Named...!?!?!?! Make sure you subscribe to The Grumbler's excellent newsletter here: https://countycricket.substack.com
January 19, 2023
ALI MARTIN - cricket writer for "The Guardian"
Last time we spoke to Ali Martin, he was in Adelaide covering England's 2021/22 Ashes tour Down Under. It was a low point for England cricket, which was to get even worse shortly after when the side toured the West Indies. Yet here we are, barely a year later and the turnaround in fortunes has been astonishing and Ali has seen the change first hand writing for The Guardian. His thoughts are fascinating. Ali has also written an article in his newspaper this week about Brendan McCallum and Ben Stokes sharing their ethos with county coaches to try and help them better prepare players for the step up to. the national squad. We discuss it in the chat; you can read it here: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/jan/10/ben-stokes-and-brendon-mccullum-offer-counties-how-to-guide-to-bazball-cricket As always, if you are enjoying our content, please make sure you subscribe - for free- to get the latest updates and please spread the word to help us grow. Many thanks and enjoy the podcast!
January 12, 2023
Merry Christmas from "98 Not Out"...
As Christmas approaches, here are some festive messages from some of the superb guests we've had on "98 Not Out". Thank you for listening in 2022 and we look forward to bringing you more great cricketing content in 2023. Voices you'll hear on this episode: Charles Dagnall, Asif Tanvir, George Dobell, David Paynter, Ryan ten Doeschate, David Gower, Jeffrey Archer, Tymal Mills, Harry Gurney, Rikki Clarke, Nasa Hussain, Huw Turbervill, Peter Moores, Mark Pougatch, Paul Newman, Alec Stewart, "The Grumbler", Michael Carberry, Chevy Green, Chris Green, Ronnie Irani, Ben Allison, Monty Panesar, Matt Kabir Floyd, Alex Tudor, Ian King, Nasser Hussain, Ali Martin, Rishi Persaud, Daren Sammy, Matthew Hoggard, Kyle Coetzer, Roland Butcher, John Altman, Aamir Sohail, Toby Tarrant, Don Topley and Mark Butcher. Have a great Christmas!
December 22, 2022
We talk to England strike bowler STUART BROAD.
As England look to wrap up an historic series whitewash in Pakistan, we grabbed a quick chat with England's Stuart Broad about the amazing turnaround in the side's fortunes in 2022, the secrets behind "Baz Ball" and look forward to 2023.
December 17, 2022
BUMBLE gives his thoughts on England's stunning win in Pakistan
On a freezing cold December night, we head to remote North Yorkshire to join David "Bumble" Lloyd and get his thoughts on England's fabulous win against Pakistan in the 1st Test at Rawalpindi. We compare it to Nasser Hussain's famous win in the gloom at Karachi back in 2000 and applaud this new approach to Test cricket and wonder if it can last, before others take note and catch up? As always, Bumble is great value...
December 07, 2022
We catch up with HUW TURBERVILL editor of "The Cricketer"
At the weekend, Sky News broke the story of a suggested £400 million bid by Bridgepoint for a 75% stake in The Hundred. We're joined by Huw Turbervill, editor of The Cricketer to discuss the possible ramifications of such a bid and would it mean a huge windfall for the first class counties? We also talk about England's crowded schedule as they prepare for their first Test match in Pakistan for seventeen years and wonder whether 17 year-old Rehan Ahmed will become England's youngest-ever Test player. We also look at the December and the Christmas editions of Huw's excellent magazine, which includes David Gower chatting to Gary Lineker.
November 29, 2022
Snooker's NEAL FOULDS talks cricket and remembers David English.
Former World Number 3 snooker player Neal Foulds joins us from York, where he is currently commentating on the UK Championship for Eurosport. Away from snooker, Neal tells us of his passion for cricket and his particular love of Test cricket, especially at Lord's. He also recalls fond memories of David English, who sadly passed away last weekend and tells some of the great stories and characters he played with alongside David when turning out for the Bunbury charity games, including why Neal just had to run out former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman...
November 18, 2022
LIVE from Melbourne - T20 World Cup Final preview with Paul Newman from "The Daily Mail".
The T20 World Cup Final between England and Pakistan is just hours away and we head live to Melbourne, Australia to speak to Paul Newman, the Chief Cricket Writer for the "Daily Mail". Both teams have seen a lot of each other recently and the prospect of the tournament's best batting line up versus the best bowling attack bodes well for a great Final. However, all the talk is about the weather and as Paul reports, it is very cold and wet currently Down Under. Added to the fact the tournament has not caught the Australian public's imagination, we hope that the travelling England and Pakistan fans can make it a great occasion. We also spare a thought for players such as Reece Topley, who were cruelly robbed by freak injuries of playing in the tournament.
November 12, 2022
November Grumbling with Richard Clarke.
On the day England has reached the World Cup semi final, we are joined by Richard Clarke aka "The Grumbler". We discuss the underwhelming crowds, the timing of the competition (too early in the Australian spring?) and ponder some rather disturbing news emanating from certain IPL franchises. Returning to the domestic game, we also examine some statistics about the leading batters and bowlers in the county game since 2000. Make sure you subscribe to The Grumbler's excellent newsletter (for free!) by clicking on this link: https://countycricket.substack.com
November 05, 2022
We discuss the current state of West Indies cricket with ROLAND BUTCHER.
Beaten by Scotland, beaten by Ireland and now out of the Men's T20 World Cup, we ask what is going on with West Indies? Joining the discussion is Roland Butcher, the first ever black player to represent England, who these days splits his time between London and his native Barbados. with rows over selection, player indiscipline and the departure of head coach Phil Simmonds, has West Indies cricket hit rock bottom?
October 27, 2022
Alarm bells are ringing in rugby, should cricket be listening?
In the world of rugby union, Wasps look set to follow Worcester into administration and then likely relegation from the Premiership. Is there a disturbing trend being set in place and should cricket be paying attention? In this podcast, we talk to Debbie Knight from 365 Sporting Days about the perils and pitfalls of what is currently going on in sport. https://debsknigsport.com
October 15, 2022
We catch up with the legend that is Mark Butcher on his return from Lahore and reflect on England successful T20 tour to Pakistan and wonder just where his golf clubs have got to? https://www.markbutchermusic.com
October 09, 2022
We catch up with George Dobell from "The Cricketer".
George Dobell takes a look at Andrew Strauss's "High Performance Review" and wonders if it really does provide a fix to the perceived ills in the English domestic game. He also compares the contrasting fortunes of Surrey, Count Champions of 2022 and Yorkshire, who can now add relegation to the pile of troubles they have won their plate.
October 08, 2022
With the season over, Richard Clarke AKA "The Grumbler" contrast the fortunes of Champions Surrey and relegated Yorkshire. What were the factors that contributed to their respective fates? Also, should there be less points given to drawn matches in the County Championship and what is the best use of overseas players in the domestic game? Make sure you subscribe to Richard's excellent news letter - it's free - by clicking here: https://countycricket.substack.com
October 06, 2022
PAUL NEWMAN - Chief Cricket Writer for The Daily Mail.
In this episode, we catch up with our old friend Paul Newman, Chief Cricket Writer at The Daily Mail. He looks back at the progress of England's Test team in 2022, from down and outs after The Ashes and a miserable tour of the West Indies, to the "Baz Ball" revolution. Did it really just take a change of coach and captain to galvanise the team? Paul also takes a look at the High Performance Review, and dearly wishes The Hundred could be consigned to history. A fascinating chat, enjoy!
October 01, 2022
ANNIE CHAVE from "County Cricket matters"
In this podcast we talk to Annie Chave from the excellent "County Cricket Matters' As the English first class season ends, we talk about the existential threat the counties are facing and what members and followers can do to help ensure a bright future for the bedrock of English cricket. Make sure you take a look at https://www.countycricketmatters.com and do subscribe to its excellent publication.
September 30, 2022
THE GRUMBLER examines the state of county cricket as the season nears its end..
We start by talking about the crazy game that took place at Chelmsford this week, where Essex hosted Lancashire and the game was all over midway through Day 2 with four innings completed within five sessions of play. What sort of a message does this convey and does it help red ball crickets cause? We also discuss Andrew Strauss's ideas in his High Performance review and ask whether lessons can be learned from the branding of sports like basketball and baseball in the USA; would such a marketing effort help grow cricket in this country? Make sure you subscribe to The Grumbler's County Cricket Newsletter, just click on the link below: https://countycricket.substack.com
September 22, 2022
GRAHAM WOODWARD - we talk to the voice of England Cricket about events at The Oval last week.
If you have attended an England cricket match in this country over the last quarter of a century, then you will be very familiar with the voice of Graham Woodward, who is the official ground announcer at every game. Whether it's "Welcome to Lord's..." or "Change of bowler at the Pavilion end", Graham is the man on the mic. Last week's sad news of the death of The Queen coincided with the third and deciding Test at between England and South Africa. Play eventually got underway on Saturday, amid emotional and powerful scenes at The Oval, with Graham acting as master of ceremonies. In this fascinating interview, we asked him what it was like to have a play such a central part on such a momentous occasion.
September 15, 2022
Hornchurch CC are National T20 Champions!
In a tense Final down at the picturesque Wormsley Cricket Club, Hornchurch saw off Birmingham League side Barnt Green to become National T20 Champions. Here, we speak to George Hankins, whose 84 runs off 63 balls played a big part in winning the match.
September 13, 2022
JOE ELLIS GREWEL - captain of Essex Premier League champions Wanstead.
Wanstead & Snaresbrook have been crowned 2022 Champions of the Hamro Foundation Essex Premier League. We caught up with club captain Joe Ellis Grewell to reflect on a strong 2022 season for the club.
September 08, 2022
We review the new BEN STOKES documentary.
The eagerly-awaited Ben Stokes documentary "Phoenix From The Ashes" has now dropped on Amazon Prime Video. We've seen it and give our thoughts...
September 04, 2022
Is The Hundred losing its shine?
Amid reports of a drop on viewing figures and matches becoming less interesting, we ask, "Is the Hundred losing it's shine?".
September 02, 2022
THE GRUMBLER has a difficult conversation with his teenage son...
The Grumbler (aka Richard Clarke) has had a difficult conversation with his teenage son. No, not what you are thinking with your dirty mind, a conversation about why his son has embraced The Hundred, otherwise known as "the Tournament That Shall Not Be Named", as opposed to the more traditional formats of cricket that Richard has tried to introduce him to. This will surely strike a chord with cricketing fathers up and down the country... Make sure you subscribe to "The Grumbler's County Cricket Newsletter", just search for it on Google, it's a great read.
August 25, 2022
Broadcaster Johnny Barran catches up with 98 Not Out.
In a wide-ranging conversation, Johnny Barran talks about getting back on the field and captaining the Lord's Taverners XI, who recently had great success at the Barry Hearn Sixes. Next up is a game against the House of Commons & Lords, where Matt Hancock will be demonstrating his allegedly great skills as a cricketer. We also talk global franchise cricket and Johnny talks about the countries he has visited in covering the ever expanding list of franchise leagues. Finally we look at the domestic scene and with The Hundred and the One Day Cup getting underway, what will be the effect of all this on county and indeed Test cricket in England?
August 04, 2022
Who or what got you into cricket?
This week, over social media, we asked our followers the question, "Who or what got you into cricket?". We got many replies and on this podcast we read out the responses and give our own account of getting into our wonderful game. For the full show, head to https://www.phoenixfm.com/2022/07/28/8-not-show-159/
July 29, 2022
The Lord's Taverners Sixes hosted by Barry Hearn, with David Gower and Mark Curtin.
The Lord's Taverners six-a-side tournament was hosted by Barry Hearn at East Hanningfield & Great Burstead Cricket Club, deep in the Essex countryside. We grabbed a word with Barry, along with the new Lord's Taverners CEO Mark Curtin and the President of the charity David Gower. Make sure you support the cricketing charity and come along to their excellent events over the summer and into the autumn, visit: www.lordstaverners.org
July 22, 2022
DON TOPLEY - Proud Dad Alert!
Reece Topley took nine wickets in the last two ODIS against India. He followed 6-24 at Lords - England's best figures in ODIs - with 3-35 at Old Trafford. Is Test cricket now in his sights? On the back of this outstanding achievement, we spoke to proud father Don Topley, once of Essex and Surrey, about his son's incredible journey, having nearly quit the game altogether three years ago after a succession of back injuries.
July 21, 2022
ALEX TUDOR talks PCA England Masters, T20 Finals Day and Freddie Flintoff!
Ahead of the PCA England Masters match at Brentwood CC on Friday 22nd. July, Alex Tudor tells us about what the PCA means to him and explains the good work that it does. He also looks forward to the T20 Blast Finals Day this Saturday, where he will be in the commentary box for Sky and notes how it has become one of the biggest occasions on the English cricketing calendar. We also talk about his involvement with Freddie Flintoff on his BBC series "Freddie Flintoff's Field of Dreams", where a group of youngsters from Preston are encouraged to try out cricket for the first time.
July 14, 2022
Mark Butcher on the resurgent England Test team.
Former England player, now Sky Sports commentator Mark Butcher assesses the immense turnaround in fortunes of the England Test team, who have returned to winning ways with four straight victories, breaking a miserable run of just on win in the previous seventeen games.
July 06, 2022
Best of the Guests - Volume 2
This week, we bring you "Best of the Guests: Vol 2", the second in a series, where we are looking back at some of the star guests we have had on the show over the three years we have been running. In this episode, we feature our chats with Graham Gooch, Gordon Greenidge, Daryl Mitchell, Chris Woakes, Steve Harmison, Chris Lewis, Mark Pougatch, Monty Panesar, Ebony Rainford Brent, Isa Guha and Henry Blofeld.
June 30, 2022
GEORGE DOBELL dissects Kevin Pietersen's ideas for County Cricket.
Leading cricket writer George Dobell from "The Cricketer" magazine has written a great piece in the July issue about Kevin Pietersen's proposals to revive the fortunes of county cricket in England; is his idea of doing away with the counties and replacing them with franchises going to work?
June 22, 2022
Daggers Live and Loud
Fresh from a jaunt to the Caribbean to cover the u19s World Cup, Charles Dagnall returns to cover the white ball summer on Sky Sports. Entertaining and forthright as ever, he doesn't hold back on his views and gives his unique perspective from the commentary box. He also tells us about a gig he is doing with TMS commentator Henry Moeran to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust in September at The 100 Club in Oxford Street, London. Support a great cause by getting your tickets here: https://www.the100club.co.uk/events/daggers-and-henry-live-and-loud/
June 16, 2022
"Best of the Guests" episode marks our 3rd birthday.
We mark our third birthday with a look back at some of the amazing guests we have had on the show - we have had to pinch ourselves recalling some of the great moments we have had. In fact there have been so many highlights, that we may well have to do a Volume 2, but in the meantime, here is "The Best of The Guests" featuring memorable moments with Rob Key, Allan Lamb, Sir Clive Lloyd, Daren Sammy, Craig Johnston, Shane Watson, Nasser Hussain, Azhar Ali, Mike Atherton, Alec Stewart, Toby Tarrant, "Bumble", Dinesh Karthik, David Gower, Barry Hearn, Jeffrey Archer and Mark Butcher, whose music we feature in this show. A huge thank you to everyone that has supported and taken part in the show and we look forward to keeping the bar high!
June 09, 2022
Are prices driving people away from, rather than towards the game?
There is a lot of discussion currently about the cost of attending top class cricket matches. In a time dubbed as "the cost of living crisis", is charging £35 to watch a Vitality Blast match, up to £160 to attend the Test match at Lord's and even worse, £100 for u16s to enter the home of cricket sending the right message. We discuss the issue with cricket bloggers Debbie Knight and Richard Clarke aka "The Grumbler" and suggest that dropping ticket prices is the best, but not the only way, to attract a wider audience.
June 03, 2022
"My Dear Old Things" - a catch up with HENRY BLOFELD
Unbelievably, it's already five years since legendary commentator and national treasure Henry Blofeld retired from the BBC TMS box. Here, we find out what "Blowers" has been unto since and get him to recount some wonderful recollections including doing Jaegerbombs with Shane Warne, driving a vintage Rolls Royce from London to Bombay, dinner with The Queen and Prince Philip, as well as being caught naked in a hotel lobby during a Trent Bridge Test match?!?!?! If this serves as a taster, you can get the full version as Henry embarks on a nationwide tour "My Dear Old Things" and tickets are available here: https://simonfielder.com/productions/my-dear-old-things/ Enjoy!
May 26, 2022
MONTY PANESAR talks to us during Mental Health Awareness Week.
We caught up with Monty to talk mental health and life after cricket, including his participation in the recent BBC2 series "Pilgrimage", which is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
May 12, 2022
We talk to true cricketing royalty DAVID GOWER.
With the announcement of Ben Stokes, we spoke to former England captain David Gower about the highs and lows of being the England test captain. A fascinating chat he recalls some of the moments from his illustrious career and speaks about his transition to the commentary box and also his current position as President of the Lord's Taverners.
May 07, 2022
South Africa's Grant Roelofsen hits 177 on debut!
One of South African cricket's most exciting prospects Grant Roelofsen has arrived in the UK to take part in the English summer season. Less than 24 hours after touching down at Heathrow Airport, Grant was in action for Billericay Cricket Club and hit an impressive 177 on debut. He joined us in the studio to talk about this amazing performance and how much he was looking forward to playing in English conditions.
May 06, 2022
Is Ben Stokes the right choice as England Test captain?
New ECB Managing Director of Cricket Rob ey has announced the appointment of Ben Stokes as the New England Men's Test captain. On this week's show, Dazza and Webby ask if this is the right choice and weigh up the pros and cons of him being in the role.
April 29, 2022
Did Tom Harrison deserve his bonus and could the ECB have done more?
Daren and Paul discuss Wisden's criticism of the ECB and Tom Harrison and ask if it was right that an alleged £2.1 million bonus was handed out. Should it have been handed back and could more have been done to help the domestic game, righting some of the wrongs of the last couple of years? We also question the merit of awarding Sky a new ten-year deal to cover cricket and was there a missed opportunity to get more red ball cricket back on terrestrial television. The boys get a lot of their chests!
April 22, 2022
JOHNNY BARRAN reports from Nepal.
Johnny Barran has been in Kathmandu covering a trip-series tournament and the first thing we learn is that we have all been pronouncing Nepal all wrong?!?! He talks about the rise of cricket in the region and how Nepal are climbing the ICC rankings with the aim of taking a place at cricket's top table. Johnny tells us about his adventures on a remarkable tour to a country that was high on his Wishlist. We also recall the moment he was on commentary for the ICC coverage as England won the World Cup back in 2019.
April 20, 2022
Happy birthday DANIEL NORCROSS
We caught up with TMS commentator and lover of sashimi Daniel Norcross on his birthday!
April 14, 2022
"The Grumbler" reviews the first round of LV= County Championship matches
Richard Clark aka "The Grumbler" joins us to talk about the first round of County Championship matches that got underway last week.
April 12, 2022
GEORGIE HEATH reviews the ICC Women's World Cup
The ICC Women's World Cup reached a thrilling climax, with the holders England meeting the tournament favourites Australia in the Final. In a thrilling climax, Australia ran home winners, but not without England putting up a tremendous fight. The fact that England made it so far after looking don and out after losing their first three games is an incredible achievement in itself. GEORGIE HEATH covered the tournament for Times radio, TalkSport and The telegraph and in this podcast, she gives us her take on events and looks at the current rude health of women's cricket.
April 08, 2022
PAUL NEWMAN, Chief Cricket Writer at "The Daily Mail" joins us from Grenada.
As England conclude another disastrous red ball tour and their miserable run of winning only one of their last seventeen Tests continues, we caught up with Paul Newman to try and get a sense of what keeps going wrong and ask about the possible solutions. He also previews the domestic season, which begins next week, and says a few words about the late Shane Warne.
March 30, 2022
IAN BISHOP - "Remember the name!!!"
Ahead of the Barbados Test match between West Indies and England, we caught up with the former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop. He spoke about playing alongside legends such as Viv Richards, Brian Lara and Curtley Ambrose and remembers the moment he found out he was first selected for the West Indies. Of course, these days, he is a familiar voice in the commentary box and he revealed the story behind the legendary "Remember the name" quote as Carlos Brathwaite's six-hitting secured the 2016 T20 World Cup for the West Indies. He also gives his thoughts on the current state of cricket in the Caribbean and also looks forward to the Test match at the Kensoington Oval, always a great occasion.
March 16, 2022
David "Bumble" Lloyd remembers Shane Warne and Rod Marsh
On Friday, the cricket world was rocked with the awful news off the deaths of Rod Marsh and then Shane Warne. We caught up with David "Bumble" Lloyd to get his thoughts and memories of two of Australian cricket's greatest names.
March 07, 2022
MICHAEL CARBERRY on the harsh realities of touring Down Under.
Former England opening batsman Michael Carberry recalls his experiences of the 2013-14 Ashes series in Australia and reminds us that England getting beaten heavily there is nothing new. He tells us about his current work coaching youngsters and an upcoming coaching camp he is doing over Easter with his former Surrey colleague Scott Newman. A man of many talents, he also reveals his latest art work, a pencil sketch of Manchester United football player Marcus Rashford MBE. Visit www.michaelcarberryart.com to see more!
March 03, 2022
ROLAND BUTCHER joins us from Barbados.
Roland Butcher, the first black player to play Test cricket for England, joins us from his home to update on on conditions in Barbados, ahead of the arrival of the England team, who are set to play a series against the West Indies. He also tells us about his plans to visit the UK this summer and gives details on how you can book him for coaching, mentoring or just a Q&A session at your club. An added bonus is that he will be joined later in the tour by his good friend and current Chairman of Selectors for the West Indies, Desmond Haynes.
March 01, 2022
HUW TURBERVILL talks about the March edition of "The Cricketer"
Huw Turbervill is the editor of "The Cricketer" magazine and the March issue is on news stands now. Some excellent articles and a great team of contributors, Huw sums up the edition and we recommend you buy a copy now!
February 23, 2022
JAMAL RICHARDS - Essex Academy Player of the Year.
17 year-old Jamal Richards, Essex Academy Player of the Year, has just been awarded a rookie-pro contract with the club. We talk to him about his progress so far, the challenges he has faced and what his hopes are for the future. Jamal Richards, remember the name!
February 21, 2022
COLIN BABB talks about his book "1973 and Me".
Writer and broadcaster Colin Babb takes us down memory lane with a great chat about his latest book, "11973 and Me", where a recounts the sights, sounds and tastes of a seminal year in his life, growing up in South London among a vibrant West Indian community. We talk cricket, politics food and music!
February 10, 2022
All change please!!! PAUL NEWMAN updates us on the changes at England.
Chief Cricket Writer at the Daily Mail, Paul Newman, joins us to discuss the departure of Ashley Giles from the England set up and gives his thought on what further changes of personnel we could see in the coming hours and days, ahead of the selection of the Test side to fly out to the West Indies.
February 03, 2022
PATRICK FOSTER, author of "Might Bite".
Former Northants cricketer Patrick Foster has a brand new book out called "Might Bite", a harrowing account of his descent into a serious gambling addiction, what it cost him (financially and emotionally) and how he was nearly within an inch of taking his own life. It's a brutal read and we were thrilled Patrick found the time in his busy schedule to have a chat with us about he he fought back and got his life on track.
February 03, 2022
LAURIE EVANS - we caught up with the BBL winner.
It wasn't all bad news for English cricketers Down Under This winter: on Friday night, the Perth Scorchers won their fourth Big Bash League title down in Australia, helped by a Man of the Match performance by Surrey's Laurie Evans, who scored 78 not out off just 41 balls.We caught up with the big man as he arrived home and had a great chat while he was on the school run!
February 02, 2022
ANNIE CHAVE - editor of "County Cricket Matters"
As England fail dismally in their attempt to bring The Ashes back from Australia, red ball cricket is again under the spotlight. We asked Annie Chave, editor of "County Cricket Matters" what can be done at domestic level to help better prepare our players for the demands of Test cricket.
January 27, 2022
PAUL WALTER - the Essex star looks forward to the new season.
With a new contract signed, Paul Walter talks about his hopes for the 2022 season with Essex as pre-season training gets underway. We also talk about his ongoing involvement helping his boyhood club Billericay CC.
January 21, 2022
GEORGIE HEATH previews the Women's Ashes.
Writer and blogger Georgie Heath looks forward to the start of the Women's Ashes in Australia which gets underway hot on the heels of the men's version. Can England wrestle the urn back?
January 19, 2022
What is CHARLES DAGNALL doing in St. Kitts?
We caught up with Charles Dagnall as he quarantines in a hotel room ahead of the u19 World Cup, which he is covering for Sky Sports. Hugely entertaining, as ever....
January 14, 2022
LOCKDOWN - Chris Green in quarantine!!
Having been pining for being in close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, Chris Green finds himself holed up in Melbourne, so we tracked him down and helped alleviate his boredom with a catchup. We talked about Sydney Thunder's progress in the BBL and asked can they go all the way? Chris also gave his views on The Ashes series and how Australia's success has been viewed locally. He reflected on playing in England last summer and hopes to return in 2022, counties tae note! We also talked Novak Djokovic....
January 13, 2022
DAVID MASTERS - fans' favourite "Hoddy" looks back at a great career in county cricket.
Mention David Masters to any Essex fan and a warm smile will spread across their face. One of Essex cricket's most dependable players in the time he spent at the club, before retiring in 2016, his metronomic line and length saw him bag many wickets and he was a key part of the side that won the Friends Provident One day Cup in 2009. Here, he reflects on his influences at Kent, Leicestershire and Essex and how he tried to convince Andrew Strauss how he could have done a job for England, if only Jimmy Anderson wasn't standing in his way!?!?!
January 10, 2022
DON TOPLEY - Ashes update
Former Essex Cricketer Don Topley gives us an update on England's progress in Australia and what can be done to address the problems it has exposed. he also looks forward to the upcoming tour to the West Indies, where he will be covering the game and watching his son Reece take part.
January 06, 2022
SAMIT PATEL - the evergreen cricketer, who once caught the eye of Brian Clough...
Nottinghamshire all rounder Samit Patel joined us to talk about playing for Nottinghamshire, England and how he is prolonging his career in various franchise leagues around the world. He talks about those who influenced his career and how as a big Nottingham Forest fan, was star struck as a "young man" to be playing club cricket in front of a watchful Brian Clough.
January 06, 2022
Essex Head Coach ANTHONY McGRATH
"Mags" spoke to us as the 2020 cricket season was being delayed by Covid. He told us about the challenges facing the domestic season and even whether we would see any county fixtures (luckily, we did!). We asked him about his career and what it was like to leave his beloved Yorkshire to join Chris Silverwood at Essex. Of course, it worked out very well indeed, with Mags leading the club to glory, including that amazing "double" of 2019...
January 05, 2022
RAVI BOPARA - the Essex legend wonders what it will be like to pull on a Sussex shirt...
Ravi Bopara spent 18 years at Essex, before departing for Sussex at the end of an amazing 2019 campaign, which saw Essex do "the double", winning the T20 Blast as well as the County Championship. He looked back on his career so far, tells us about his best mates in the game and what he has learned from playing franchise cricket around the world with some of cricket's biggest names.
January 04, 2022
SAJ MAHMOOD - we catch up with the former Lancashire, Essex and England bowler.
Saj Mahmood reflect son his days at Lancashire playing alongside Freddie Flintof and Jimmy Anderson, then coming down to Essex to join the likes of Ravi Bopara and Monty Panesar. we asked him about his foray into acting, appearing in the Bollywood film "Victory" and what he has been up to after retiring as a player. He also talks about the pressure British Asians face and how demanding it is to play professional sport during the fasting period of Ramadan. The importance of getting cricket played more widely on schools is something he is passionate about and very timely, given the current debate about the future survival of the game.
January 03, 2022
GRAHAM GOOCH - legend
The term "legend" is often banded about very easily these days, but in the world of cricket you cannot dispute the fact that Graham Gooch is fully deserving of wearing that crown. Having spent his whole career at Essex, captaining the club to many glorious moments, he also led England, also by example, scoring many memorable innings and taking part in some historic matches. In this chat we talk to Graham about Headingley 1981, his England colleagues, what it was like to face that fabled West Indies pace attack and also how highly he rates Alastair Cook and his approach to the game. We also talked about how Essex was faring during lockdown and what the club has been doing to support the local community.
January 01, 2022
HUW TURBERVILL - editor of "The Cricketer" - examines why England has been so poor Down Under.
Huw wrote a great piece in "The Cricketer" forensically dissecting the England team's woeful performance in The Ashes and tries to draw conclusions as to why it happened and what can be done to stop the rot. Make sure you subscribe to "The Cricketer" as it enters its 101st year: https://www.thecricketer.com
December 31, 2021
GRAHAM WOODWARD - the voice of England cricket...
The name might not be familiar, but his voice will be instantly recognisable to all cricket fans who have been to a Test match in England over the last few years, as Graham Woodward is the official ground announcer for all England home games. Whether it's announcing a new batsman, change of bowler or the resumption of play, Graham's warm tones have been gracing England cricket since 2013. We asked him about his role and how it has been attending some of the great moments of England cricket in his time in the job. We also found out about his love of banger racing, when he's not focussing on cricket!
December 30, 2021
ASHLEY GRAY, author of "The Unforgiven"
One of the best cricket books of the last year or so has to be "The Unforgiven", which is about the tale of the West Indian cricketers who went on the rebel tours to South Africa during the Apartheid era. Whereas English players who did the same thing returned home and resumed their careers - in some cases reaching the highest levels of the game - the West Indies guys were treated as outcasts, both within the game and also in society. We spoke to writer Ashley Gray about his excellent book, where he tells the often painful stories of those players who took the South African Rand in the hope of earning some money from the game of cricket. A must-buy using those book vouchers you got for Christmas!
December 28, 2021
Christmas messages from some of our friends...
Starring.....Charles, Dagnall, Debbie Knight, Asif Tanvir, George Dobell, David Paynter, Ryan ten Doeschate, David Gower, Jeffrey Archer, Tymal Mills, Harry Gurney Rikki Clarke, Georgie Heath, Nasa Hussain, Huw Turbervill, Peter Moores, Mark Pougatch, Paul Newman. Alec Stewart, "The Grumbler", Michael Carberry, The Bunbury, Chevy Green, Ronnie Irani, Ben Allison, Monty Panesar, Matt Kabir Floyd, Nasser Hussain, Ali Martin, Rishi Persad, Daren Sammy, Matthew Hoggard, Kyle Coetzer, Roland Butcher, Don Topley and Mark Butcher.
December 23, 2021
ROB KEY - we chat to the Sky Sports commentator.
Former Kent and England cricketer Rob Key chats to us about classic encounters between Kent and Essex and why he loved playing at Chelmsford. He also reveals the story behind the title of his book, "Oi, Key!", as well as his transition from the playing field to the commentary box.
December 22, 2021
BARRY HEARN - the man who revolutionised snooker, darts and boxing talks cricket!
Barry Hearn is best known for bringing snooker, darts and boxing to the public's attention and making household names of the biggest stars. In our chat we talk about his love of cricket and why, as a traditionalist and lover of the red ball game, thinks that for the sport to survive, the white ball game might need to take centre stage. Should the ECB have engaged with him earlier to take the game forward? He also talks about his heroes and explains to us what a "Dominic Cummins" is on the golf course...
December 21, 2021
JARROD KIMBER - writer, blogger, film maker.
Jarrod Kimber's film "Death of a Gentleman" was a real eye-opener about the ICC and the governance of cricket and the allegation that the English, Australian and Indian boards were attempting to grab control with the intention of financial gain. It caused a huge stir at the time and the issues raised are still being discussed today. Therefore, we thought Jarrod would make a fascinating guest and he didn't let us down. Really interesting and thought-provoking interview.
December 20, 2021
ROB ANDREW - the legendary former England rugby union fly half is now the CEO at Sussex CCC. We caught up in 2020.
Rob Andrew is probably best known as the prodigious point scorer kicking goals for England, when he played fly-half as part of Will Carling's team of the late 80s and 1990s. He tells us about how rugby was an amateur game back then and how even top players had to juggle playing international rugby with holding down a day job. But before all that, Rob won Cambridge Blues at university in both rugby and cricket, even scoring a first class century against Nottinghamshire, then getting a call up to play rugby for England in his final year at uni. His glittering rugby career over, Rob is now CEO at Sussex CCC and we talked to him just as Covid restrictions were being lifted in the summer of 2020. We looked at the prospects for Sussex, especially in the T20 Blast and he also spoke of his involvement with the Lord's Taverners.
December 17, 2021
MICHAEL CARBERRY recalls the brutal Ashes tour of 2013-14 in a great conversation...
Former Surrey, Kent and England opening bat MICHAEL CARBERRY talks us through his journey from the streets of South London to playing for England in front of ninety thousand fans at the MCG on that tour of 2013-14, where England was thumped 5-0 by Australia and the tour was remembered not only for the result, but also the withdrawal of Jonathan Trott on health grounds and Graeme Swann's shock decision to quit straight after the Melbourne test. "Carbs" also tells us about his health problems and also his experiences of racism and has strong views on what needs to be done to bring young black players back into the game. We also look at his new career as a talented artist (please visit www.michaelcarberryart.com) and listen as he says his experiences in life have given him a positive outlook on life.
December 16, 2021
DAVID ENGLISH - we spoke to "The Loon"!!!!
Bunbury-in-Chief David English gave us a rollercoaster of a chat across subjects ranging from teaching the all star Hollywood cast of "A Bridge Too Far" to play cricket, fielding in the slips with Eric Clapton and Bill Wyman, managing the Bee Gees and witnessing Elvis Presley's unique way of changing the channel on his tv at home in Graceland. Of course, there are plenty of cricket stories, including hie friendships with Ian Botham and Viv Richards, the prodigious talents he has uncovered through hi Bunbury project, which includes most of the current England team and Webby recalls a game between Brentwood and Finchey, which saw them meet on the field of play.
December 15, 2021
"The Guardian" cricket writer ALI MARTIN reports for us from Australia.
We caught up with Ali Martin from "The Guardian" who is in Australia covering The Ashes. After the heavy loss at the GABBA, we discuss the prospects for the day/night Test next up at Adelaide and whether England can salvage the series.
December 14, 2021
ROLAND BUTCHER - the first black cricketer to represent England.
At the age of 13, Roland Butcher arrived in England and after a chance opportunity at Stevenage Cricket Club, he advance to be one of five black players in the Middlesex squad and go on to be the first black player to represent England. Ironically, he made his Test debut in his native Barbados against that feared West Indies attack on the tour of 1980-81. He compares his experience to that of fellow Bajan Jofra Archer and wonders if problems with the structure of domestic cricket in the West Indies meant them missing out on the young fast bowler. We also talk about the inequalities that exist at global level in the name and Roland calls fro an overhaul of the Future Tours Programme to create a more level playing field.
December 12, 2021
JACK RUSSELL - eccentric or creature of habit?
One of England's great wicket keepers talked to us about playing for his country; a debut at lord's in 1988, followed by a memorable clash with Australia a year later, getting sledged and getting runs! He also recalls batting at Johannesburg during Mike Atherton's heroic innings against South Africa ion 1995. We also talk about a reputation he gained for unusual habits and routines... Of course, these days Jack is well known for his superbly detailed paintings of cricket matches around the world and he explains to us just ho he goes about working on each picture. He also reveals a rather unusual request for after he dies...
December 11, 2021
MARK POUGATCH - the face of ITV football talks about his new Ashes 86 podcast.
Mark Pougatch is known to millions as the presenter of football on ITV - 28 million tuned in to the England vs Denmark Euro 2020 semi final - but he is also a huge cricket nut! We spoke to him about a new podcast he has produced on the 1986/87 Ashes tour, which is fascinating listening. He also had plenty to say on cricket as a whole and revealed a very in-depth knowledge of the game. Catch it via Twitter at @insidetourpod.
December 10, 2021
OWAIS SHAH - we catch up with "Ace"
Former Middlesex, Essex, Hampshire and England batter Owais Shah spoke to us late in 2020 from Sri Lanka, where he was on commentating duty for England's Test series there. He spoke about playing and covering cricket in Covid conditions and hoped that dan Lawrence would continue a fine tradition of Essex players in the national side. He looked back on his career and how much he loved playing at Lord's, where he made his 200th first class appearance. Upbeat and energetic as ever, "Ace" is always good value.
December 09, 2021
DEAN HEADLEY - a great chat with the former Kent, Middlesex and England bowler.
An excellent chat with Den Headley about his days at Kenbt and Middlesex playing alongside some legends of the game and how dressing room culture has changed down the years. At the same time he talks about how the game has always needed to embrace change to evolve in the modern world and mentions the impact of World Series Cricket, the arrival of the 40 over game and of course T20. He recalls memorable England tours to Australia and the West Indies, before going on to talk expansively about what heed to be done to keep the game alive. Fascinating stuff.
December 08, 2021
Former England pace man GLADSTONE SMALL
In today's podcast episode, we go back to our chat with former England bowler Gladstone Small, who talked to us just as cricket was emerging from lockdown and the West Indies were arriving to play a Test series behind closed doors. "Gladys" told us about his own exploits in an England shirt against the West Indies and brought us up to date with his current work for the PCA, Lord's Taverners and his travel business Black Opal Travel.
December 07, 2021
Former England Test batter JONATHAN TROTT
Trotty tells us about his favourite ground he played at around the world and how the advance of social media and camera phones ruined the experience for players touring overseas. We talked about the all-conquering England side he was a key part of, especially beating India and Australia away in 2010-2011. We get an insight into the mind of Kevin Pietersen and also his toughest opponent Dale Steyn. We also talk about his key part in the film documentary "The Edge".
December 06, 2021
TOBY TARRANT - cricket-mad presenter on Radio X
Earlier this year, "98 Not Out" made it to the Final of UK Cricket Podcast of the Year, only to be soundly thrashed by "Zero Ducks Given", a superb podcast hosted by Toby Tarrant with Dan Norcross and Stephen Finn. We caught up with Toby to talk cricket, fund-raising for the Lord's Taverners, losing a bet with Chris Moyles and his appreciation of Ben Foakes's thighs!
December 05, 2021
ALLAN LAMB - a stalwart of the great England sides of the 80s speaks to us...
We caught up with one of England's great characters and got him to reminisce about his days playing with Gatting, Gooch, Gower and of course Ian "Beefy" Botham. He recalled a few stories from those great Ashes Tests and also what it was like to bat against that fearsome West Indies attack, where he openly admits "I could die here". He tells us of his greatest team mates and also the opponents he admired most. Special mention also to his time at Northants and how he could have excelled at rugby, being a talented fly-half when he was younger. Oh, and listen out for the prank he and Beefy played on Dickie Bird with a mobile phone!!! A great conversation.
December 04, 2021
JAHID AHMED - explosive interview with the former Essex player.
Jahid Ahmed is the third player from Essex to reveal accounts of racism, bullying and intimidation at the club. He pulls no punches in our chat and remembers some extremely painful episodes from his playing days. Now a coach, he reveals his hopes for the game becoming more inclusive and ridding itself of the horrors of the past. A riveting listen and we were so pleased that he gave us some of his time to talk.
December 03, 2021
Alex Tudor - Mr. "99 not out" speaks to "98 Not Out"!
Former Surrey, Essex & England pace man spoke to us about home schooling during lockdown, his days at Essex and Surrey; how he never had a drink until he was 31 (he's a rum man now!) and how he thrived against a strong Australian side Down Under. He also explains why his mum still hasn't forgiven Graham Thorpe for not letting him get a Test century, leaving him stranded on 99 not out...
December 02, 2021
MONTY PANESAR - we talk to one of English cricket's cult figures.
This was absolute quality! We caught Monty on top form as a serious chat about lockdown and doing your bit to help others progressed into taking the wicket of his hero Sachin Tendulkar, Monty's tips for working out at home, then he demonstrated a hitherto unknown talent for accents and gave us his Australian, West Indian and even Cockney voices. Brilliant!
December 01, 2021
DAVID GOWER - cricketing royalty!
In one of our landmark interviews, we managed to get hold of David Gower in the summer of 2020 and had a great chat about his time playing for England alongside the likes of Botham, Lamb and Gatting. The largesse of Sir Elton John Down Under and how the perfect tea for him would be some Bollinger, caviar and blinis! We also talked about his work for the Lord's Taverners, where he is currently the President following in the footsteps of Sir Trevor McDonald, Sir Michael Parkinson and the late Duke of Edinburgh. Definitely one of "98 Not Out"'s all time highlights...
November 30, 2021
SIR CLIVE LLOYD - legendary figure of West Indies cricket.
In July 2020, international cricket returned after the Covid break. Memorably, the West Indies was the first team to visit England and we caught up with Sir Clive Lloyd after his team had beaten England in the 1st Test at Southampton. He talks about the inequality distribution of wealth currently in world cricket and illustrates just how expensive it is for the West Indies to host international tours. He examines the current team and outlines what they must do to emulate the great sides that he was part of in the 1970s and 80s. He also reveals a love of Bob Marley...
November 29, 2021
HOGGY!!! - we catch up with the Ashes 2005 legend.
Ashes 2005 hero Matthew Hoggard relives his glory days, striding through the Long Room at Lord's on the first day of that memorable series, how the series unfolded and the unforgettable scenes in London as the team paraded the Ashes from an open top bus. He also talked about taking a Test hat-trick in Brabados in 2004 and the emergence of a certain Kevin Pietersen. On retiring from the game, Hoggy has developed his passion for cooking, approving on BBC Masterchef and more lately launching "Hoggy's Grill". And with Christmas around the corner, he suggests cooking the turkey and ham on the barbecue!
November 28, 2021
DONOVAN MILLER - one of the busiest coaches in world cricket.
We caught up with the busiest man in cricket in a gap in his schedule to get his thoughts on the game; is white ball and franchise cricket a threat to the red ball game? What is the current state of cricket in the West Indies and can Chris Gayle go on for ever? Top global coach Donovan Miller told us all!
November 27, 2021
ED PILLER - cricket nut and founder of Acid Jazz Records.
A highly entertaining chat with Ed Piller, a lifelong cricket fan, who played u14s for Essex, but his career as a budding professional leg-spinner tailed off as selection chances fell away. HIs love of the game never left him and he tells us about following England all over the world and why he is no fan of the Barmy Army. A commercial opportunity at Surrey saw Ed become great mates with the Hollioake brothers and how one time, he had Phil Tufnell hiding from Mike Gatting in his hospitality box. When a career in cricket never materialised, Ed turned to music and is well known for founding the Acid Jazz record label and discovering bands like Jamiroquai, The Brand New Heavies, The James Taylor Quartet and many more. We talk Mods, Rockers, Skinheads and reggae..Ed was also part of the regeneration of the Hoxton area on the East End of London and tells us a great story about celebrities queuing up to get into his club the Blue Note. Really excellent stuff!
November 26, 2021
Essex T20 captain SIMON HARMER
We caught up with South African twirler Simon Harmer, just as the 2021 English season was getting underway. He told us how the Essex squad was the fittest he has ever trained with and how he is excited by the crop of young players coming through from the academy. He recounted that memorable T20 Finals Day at Edgbaston in 2019 and also talked team mates and playing alongside Sir Alastair Cook.
November 25, 2021
South African legend JONTY RHODES.
We caught up with Jonty Rhodes in Pakistan, ahead of his departure to Stockholm to coach the Swedish national cricket team. We talked about how he nearly represented South Africa at hockey in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, being too small and fragile for football and how Pele became his sporting hero. Of course, 1992 was far more memorable for his "Superman" run out of Inzamam, and the photo that sealed his place in cricket's hall of fame. Jonty spoke about the effect of apartheid on the game in South Africa and how even now, more needs to be done at Cricket South Africa.
November 24, 2021
We catch up with Sky's NICK KNIGHT
We spoke to Nick Knight while he was in Mumbai presenting coverage of the Australia versus India series late in 2020. He talked about Covid and bio-bubbles and said you just have to get on with it, feeling lucky to be working at all in such difficult circumstances. He charted his progress as a cricket from Felsted school to England, via Brentwood CC, Essex and Warwickshire; facing the fastest ball ever bowled and the impressive ability of Glenn McGrath to recall all of his Test victims. He admits to being cricket mad and promised to return to Brentwood to relive some of his glory days!
November 23, 2021
AJIT AGARKAR - The former India international player turned commentator spoke to us.
After a glittering career with India, Ajit Agarkar is busy these days as a commentator and we caught up with him earlier in 2021 after the conclusion of the Test series, where India had beaten England on hime soil. We reviewed the series and looked forward to yje white ball calendar, which would culminate in the T20 World Cup. Ajit talked about playing in front of big crowds and the impact of the huge new stadium at Ahmedabad. He gave us his memories of playing in England too and recounted a story of the great Sachin Tendulkar devouring a big plate of fish and chips on a night out in Leeds.
November 22, 2021
On top form, David Lloyd, better know to all cricket fans as "Bumble" spoke to us as England got their 2021 tour to India off to a great start during lockdown. Speaking to us from his home in the North, he assessed the current state of England across all formats and the growing importance of rest and rotation to keep everyone at their peak. He told us a few stories about going on tour and the skills of Nick Knight and Nasser Hussain at the bar. We talked about the art of commentating and how technology has made it easier for Sky's team to work remotely, even though they were all strewn right across the world.
November 21, 2021
Former West Indies captain DAREN SAMMY
During lockdown, we had an amazing chat with West Indies star Daren Sammy at his home in St. Lucia. He talks dealing with big characters in the dressing room, playing all round the world and how he has become a citizen of Pakistan. Wow!
November 20, 2021
MARK WAUGH - we talk to the former Australia batsman and selector.
Mark Waugh and his brother Steve were legends of a dominant Australian side. He recalls playing against some of the greats, such as Malcolm Marshall, Viv Richard and Curtley Ambrose from the West Indies and recounts fond memories of playing county cricket for Essex, alongside Graham Gooch, Nasser Hussain and Ronnie Irani.
November 19, 2021
MICHAEL BEVAN - cricketer...or singer???
Continuing our Australia theme this week, today's podcast episode is the chat we had with former Australian international Michael Bevan, the first person from Canberra to represent the national side. We talk about his career, the perception he was weak against the short ball, his best team mates and toughest opponents. Life after cricket has been interesting for Mike, he has started an online mentoring service and has also dipped a toe into reality television, most recently appearing in "The Masked Singer Australia", where he performed in a hammer head shark costume!?!?
November 18, 2021
CRAIG JOHNSTON - the world famous football star, but did you know he started off in cricket?
After a brush with osteomyelitis as a boy, Craig Johnston was advised not to play any contact sports and so he took up cricket, progressing to opening the batting and bowling at Northern New South Wales, but an obsession with the England football World Cup winning side of '66, saw him set off on a journey to trial with Jackie Charlton at Middlesborough, then on to be a big part of the legendary Liverpool side of the 1980s. After retiring at the young age of 27, he turned his skills in a new direction and went o to develop and patent the Predator boot, which saved Adidas from the brink of extinction. Seemingly no end to his talents, Craig tells us about writing "The Anfield Rap" and also the John Barnes section of "World in Motion", possibly the greatest football song ever! Along the way we talk Bradman, Waugh and how he wishes to leave a legacy for the youngsters of today.
November 17, 2021
SHANE WATSON - 100% Aussie!
Shortly after he announced his retirement from the game, we spoke to Australian Ashes and World Cup winner Shane Watson. in a wide-ranging conversation, "Watto" spoke about his career, meeting his heroes and getting star-struck meeting Viv Richards! He spoke about the growth of franchise cricket over the last twenty years and how each league around the world has developed its own style and personality. We talk music, killing time in bio-bubbles and what future holds in store.
November 16, 2021
T20 World Cup winner ADAM ZAMPA.
We caught up with Adam Zampa in Sydney during lockdown and had a wide-ranging chat about quarantine and playing big matches in empty stadiums, his time playing for Brentwood CC, playing for Essex too. We asked about essential items he packs when going on tour, such as a microwave oven (!) and his love of fine coffee. He revealed to us "the favourite part of being a professional cricketer", which may surprise you... We quizzed him on his best team mates and most formidable opponent and got his views on innovation in cricket, particularly with the arrival of The Hundred and of course The Ashes!
November 15, 2021
MICHAEL ATHERTON - the former Engand captain, now writer and broadcaster spoke to us...
Truly one of England's greatest opening bats joined us for a superb conversation about his career and time as captain of the England side, recalling some of his highlights and also his move into journalism and broadcasting and thoughts on the current game. We also got a few words about his love for the West Indies and in particular Guyana, where he has some very fond memories.
November 14, 2021
AAMIR SOHAIL - we spoke to one of the greats of Pakistan cricket.
Aamir Spoke to us from his home in Lahore about his career and life in cricket. Debbie Knight joins us to field questions from the Stani Army.
November 13, 2021
PAYNTR founder David Paynter.
On an unusually sunny day in Yorkshire, we caught up with David Paynter, grandson of Bodyline Ashes legend Eddie Paynter and founder of PAYNTR, the cricket and gold footwear company about the brand's meteoric rise over such a short period of time.
November 12, 2021
CHRIS LEWIS - No holds barred !!!!!
Former England all rounder Chris Lewis looks back on his childhood in Guyana, then arriving in England at the age of ten and how how embarked on a career as a professional cricketer playing for Leicestershire alongside David Gower and Peter Willey, before going on to star with England against his childhood heroes. We ask him about the good times - scoring a Test hundred at Madras - and the bad times when he was arrested for possession of drugs, convicted and sent to prison. He talks about how he coped with being in a cell and then how he had to build a new life, once he had served his sentence. Brutally honest, an engaging and powerful listen...
November 11, 2021
ALEC STEWART - "The Gaffer" joined us for our 100th Show.
We marked the occasion of our 100th show by inviting Surrey and England legend Alec Stewart to join us. He chatted about the good vibes at Surrey and the successful stint of Barbadian fast bowler Kemar Roach at the start f the 2021 season. He noted the strength in depth England has in wicketkeepers and he regards Surrey (and former Essex) gloveman Ben Foakes as the best in the world right now. We also discussed the impact of the pandemic on a club of Surrey's size and looked forward to things returning to normal. He also talked football - he's a massive Chelsea fan - and spoke of the toughest opponents he faced, as well as his best teammates.
November 10, 2021
ISA GUHA - we talked to the England World Cup winner turned broadcaster...
One of England's most successful cricketers, Isa Guha spoke to us back in the summer when crowds were returning to Lord's for the first time since the pandemic hit. In a wide-ranging conversation, we talked about the series against New Zealand, what Lord's means to her and also the fall out from the Ollie Robinson Tweet scandal, which had just hit a few days earlier. We talked about the WTC Final between India and New Zealand at The Ageas Bowl, the huge strides made in the women's game and also the return of live cricket to BBC TV.
November 09, 2021
RICHARD CLARKE aka "The Grumbler"
A really good chat with writer and blogger Richard Clarke. We start by marking the fifty years since the Test debut of Derek Randall and note just how much the England side has changed since then and the decline in characters present in the national side. Richard notes how the game has become more corporate and the way the players behave and conduct themselves is a reflection of this. England becoming more corporate has pervaded the counties and now even the club set ups, where a traditional culture of volunteering is massively under threat. Does cricket need to be all about making money and have the grassroots players and fans been forgotten about? A very interesting conversation...
November 08, 2021
STEVE HARMISON - we caught up with the former England opening bowler.
Steve Harmison was one of the legends of the 2005 Ashes series - who can forget that opening spell of his at Lord's? - and we caught up with him to relive a few memories and see what he is up to these days.
November 07, 2021
CHEVY GREEN from The ACE Charity Programme.
The ACE Charity Programme is already a year old and we caught up with Director of Programmes Chevy Green to look back on its progress and what lies ahead for this superb project.
November 06, 2021
JEFFREY ARCHER talks books and cricket.
Jeffrey Archer is a man who has lived his 81 years to the full. Senior politician, best-selling author.prolific charity fund-raiser and a larger-then-life character. Jeffrey is always engaging and has supported "98 Not Out" since the start, so it's always a pleasure to welcome him back to the show. This time we talk about his new book "Over My Dead Body", the latest tome in the William Warwick saga. Of course we also chat about cricket - England at the World Cup and the looming Ashes series and Jeffrey's wait to see his beloved Somerset crowned County Champions.
November 05, 2021
MIKE WHITNEY - the Australian cricketer-turned-broadcaster is full of great stories!
Back in 1981, Mike Whitney was playing club cricket in England when he was called up by the touring Australian team to play in Botham's Ashes. He talks about the shock inclusion and rooming with Dennis Lillee! He went pn to play 12 Tests and 38 ODIs for Australia, including taking 11 wickets against India in Perth in 1992. After hanging up his boots, "Whits" moved into broadcasting, hosting the wildly popular "Who Dares Wins" show, refereeing "Gladiators" and host of "Sydney Weekender" for over 25 years and counting. A great character and a fill-on Aussie, chatting to Mike was a lot of fun. Take a listen...
November 04, 2021
NASSER HUSSAIN - the former Essex and England captain talks to "98 Not Out"
One of the game's most prominent broadcasters Nasser Hussain joined us on a break from his busy schedule to catch up with us on his thoughts on cricket at all levels, from international to schools and club levels. Very relaxed, you might see a side to Nasser that you don't always see on the tv, where he is known for his serious and analytical approach to covering the game. A great chat and a great listen, enjoy!
November 03, 2021
AZHAR ALI - the Pakistan star joins us for a chat.
Debbie Knight from 365 Sporting Days joined us to chat to Pakistan superstar Azhar Ali about cricket, Covid and Crystal Palace!
November 02, 2021
DARYL MITCHELL - we talk to the New Zealand opening batter.
Daryl Mitchell starred with the bat yesterday, scoring 49 as New Zealand registered an emphatic win against India at the ICC T20 World Cup. We caught up with him earlier this year when he was in England for the Test series against England and the World Test Championship final.
November 01, 2021
CHRIS WOAKES - we speak to England's quiet hero at the team hotel.
Chris Woakes has made a stunning return to the England team and we caught up with him to talk cricket, "Call of Duty" and Aston Villa at the England hotel in Chennai earlier this year.
October 31, 2021
JASON HOLDER of the West Indies gave us a revealing interview...
Back in the early summer of 2020, as lockdown hit hard, we spoke to West Indies star Jason Holder at his home in Barbados about the problems faced by the arrival of Covid-19 and how plans were shaping up for a proposed tour to England by the West Indies. He spoke about captaining his side and how T20 franchised leagues were either a help or a hindrance to Test cricket. He looked back with warmth on his time spent playing in England for Northants and also making a couple of appearances for Brentwood CC! A great chat and we were lucky to get some of his valuable time.
October 30, 2021
CHRIS GREEN - The Middlesex, Sydney Thunder and Jamaica Tallawahs star speaks!
We caught up with the globetrotting Australian cricketer Chris Green as he finally reached his Sydney home after a buys year starring in the CPL, the T20 Blast, the PSL and even turning out for Brentwood CC in the Essex Premier League. As he prepares for action in the BBL with Sydney Thunder, we asked him about his busy year, his picks for the T20 World Cup...and even his pet dog gets in on the act!
October 29, 2021
GORDON GREENIDGE - the legendary West Indies opening bat speaks to "98 Not Out"
A real honour to speak with Sir Gordon Greenidge, when he was in London earlier this year. We talked about that all-conquering West Indies side he was part of and how they dominated Test cricket for so long. He reflects on the current state of cricket in the Caribbean and tells us about the "Gordon Greenidge Primary School" where he is asking for help to raise funds. Fantastic to hear from one of cricket's true greats.
October 28, 2021
We talk to England legend DARREN GOUGH
England fast-bowling legend turned successful broadcaster Darren Gough spoke to us from his car as he sped up the A1 to commentate during The Hundred. Always good value and always entertaining, it's a great listen and stay tuned for Goughy admitting to a passion for strong cheddar. cheese!
October 27, 2021
Radio and TV commentator CHARLES DAGNALL
Charles Dagnall assesses the impact of The Hundred and draws many positives from his involvement with covering the tournament. "Full stadiums, cricket live on terrestrial tv, it can only be a good thing!". A very entertaining and passionate chat with one of the commentary boxes great characters.
October 26, 2021
India wicketkeeper batsman DINESH KARTHIK
We caught up with the superstar India player Dinesh Karthik when he was in the UK this summer commentating for Sky Sports. Famed for his sense of style, he's made a big impact since taking up the mic and we were thrilled when he agreed to have a chat with us.
October 25, 2021
BBC TMS commentator DANIEL NORCROSS in relaxed mode...
Daniel Norcross from BBC's Test Match Special is in reactive mood as he nurses a monstrous hangover and looks back at the English cricketing summer and pines for simpler, less complicated times...he also gives his thoughts on the new series of his other passion, "Strictly Come Dancing"!!!
October 24, 2021
AAMIR SOHAIL talks to us about England cancelling their tour to Pakistan.
We spoke to former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail on the ground in Lahore, as the news broke of England cancelling their four day T20 tour to Pakistan at the very last minute. Aamir gives a masterclass in diplomacy...
October 23, 2021
VARUN CHOPRA drops a bombshell!
The Essex and formerly Warwickshire star has called time on his trophy-laden career. We caught up with him at his Essex home to get his thoughts on retirement, the stars he has played alongside and what his plans are for the future.
October 22, 2021
Scotland Head Coach Shane Burger speaks ahead of the big game against Oman.
Today, Scotland have their biggest game in their cricketing history, as they face Oman and a win would see them qualify for the Super 12s stage of the 2021 T20 World Cup - the furthest they have ever progressed in the format. Cricket Scotland kindly gave us permission to use the content from the press conference Head Coach Shane Burger gave ahead of the big game.
October 21, 2021
RYAN TEN DOESCHATE announces his retirement from first class cricket.
Ahead of bowing out at the 2021 T20 World Cup with the Netherlands, the Essex star spoke to us after he had announced he was retiring from the game after nearly twenty years. Encouraged to come over to Essex by Graham Gooch on a tour to South Africa, "Tendo" soon became a huge favourite among the fans at Chelmsford, going on to captain the team as they regained their taste for silverware in the last five years. He looks back on his time with the club and recalls some of the great names he has shared the dressing room with....and maybe we haven't seen the last of the big man!?!?!
October 21, 2021
RIKKI CLARKE has announced his retirement; we catch up with the Surrey legend.
After twenty years at the top, Rikki Clarke has decided to call an end to his first class cricketing career to pursue other opportunities. We caught up with him and talked about his time at The Oval and also his stint away at Warwickshire, where he also won silverware and batted alongside "the best player of the short ball" he has even seen.
October 20, 2021
John Altman - the award-winning composer, musician and cricket fanatic.
We caught up with John Altman, fresh from his work on the soundtrack for the new Bond film "No Time To Die" and ask him about his links with the 007 movie franchise and the blockbuster films he has contributed to, such as "Goldeneye", "Titanic" and "Monty Python's Life of Brian"! When he is not scoring film soundtracks or producing artists such as George Michael, Simple Minds, Amy Winehouse and Alison Moyet, John has a huge passion for cricket and in this conversation, we scratch the surface of his many anecdotes and ask how he became the unofficial social secretary for the Australian cricket team, unlikely Hollywood cricket fans and his thoughts on England heading Down Under this winter.
October 19, 2021
Mark Butcher - looks back at the English cricket season and previews a busy winter schedule
We caught up with the Surrey & England legend as he took a breather from the commentary box to have a look back at the English 2021 season and How England fared against India in the curtailed Test series and what are their chances in the T20 World Cup and then a tough tour to Australia for The Ashes. We also look at what can be done to help county cricket survive in the face of the growing challenge of white ball cricket and the impact of The Hundred. He also updates us on his music and has a couple of gigs lined up, after a lengthy Covid-induced absence.
October 18, 2021