Press Release: Cricket – A Leading Edge for Captains

Wesley Durston & Patrick Latham are very pleased to share their press release for our book, Cricket: A Leading Edge for Captains (12.10.18)

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Cricket: A Leading Edge for Captains

by Wesley Durston & Patrick Latham with foreword by Caroline Atkins (England)

Release date: Friday 12th October 2018

Pages: 156

Finish: Paperback

Size: A5

Pubisher: Amazon (Print on Demand)

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Two former county cricketers turned cricket coaches have collaborated to write and illustrate their first book, in a brand new series under the title, ‘A Leading Edge’. Wesley Durston, (Millfield School, Somerset CCC and Derbyshire CCC) and Patrick Latham (Kimbolton School, Somerset 2nd XI & Cambridgeshire CCC), coach hockey and cricket at Oakham School in Rutland. Both still play club cricket for rival clubs in the smallest county in England, Oakham Town CC and Uppingham Town CC respectively.

The pair have worked throughout 2018 on their first book, which will be released through Amazon and as an eBook on 12th October. The book is a thought provoking look at the role of the captain and draws on the career experiences of the two authors, supported by written contributions from a range of current and past cricket captains, coaches and umpires which appear throughout the book. ‘A Leading Edge for Captains’ will be officially launched on Saturday 13th October at Compton Dundon Cricket Club’s 60th anniversary dinner, where Wesley has been invited to talk about his life after professional cricket.

This exciting new book is aimed at younger players who want to learn more about the finer points of the game, but there is plenty inside for the club player or young professional looking to improve their understanding of cricket, learning from the professional’s point of view.

“We have been fortunate to be helped by some experienced cricketers, including foreword by Caroline Atkins (Durham MCCU & England), and quotes from Tom Abell (Somerset), Rob Bailey (Northamptonshire), Ed Young (Gloucestershire), Wayne Madsen (Derbyshire), Dean Hodgson (Gloucestershire) and Alec Swann (Northamptonshire/Lancashire) amongst others, who have all been kind enough to contribute their personal thoughts and stories on cricket captaincy”. PL

Including illustrations by Patrick and running to over 150 pages, this paperback is the first in a series of ‘A Leading Edge’ books. With writing already underway for the second book, ‘Cricket: A Leading Edge for Bowlers’, and plans for similar books for batters and fielders in the pipeline, Wesley and Patrick have found a niche for a new type of cricket book which explains the previously unwritten side of the coaching of the ‘game’ rather than just cricketing skills. Touching on topics such as formulating a plan, setting a field for different bowlers/situations/conditions, making tough decisions, spotting clues from the batter to inform your plan and communication with players on and off the field, this book is a must read, not just for aspiring leaders, but anyone who wants to develop their understanding of the game of cricket.   e:

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Book Release: Date Announced

After 7 months of writing, editing, re-writing, reconnecting with old friends, printing, red pen, photography, illustration, re-editing, drafts, versions 1-100 and plenty of tinkering.. We are ready to go!

Cricket: A Leading Edge for Captains will be released on Friday 12th August as an ebook and officially lanuched at Compton Dundon Cricket Club when Wes talks at the club’s 60th anniversary dinner on 13th October.

The whole process of getting a book from a pile of pieces of blank paper has been very enjoyable and Wes and Patrick would like to offer their many thanks to the people who have kindly taken the time to make their wonderful contributions to the book, which we know will make all the difference to the readers, allowing young players an insight into the mind of 1st class, minor county, club, district and school captains from all over the world! To all of our contributors, thank you very much indeed.

We have one final annoucement to make regarding the foreword, but that can wait a few days! One can’t have everything at once!!          @aleadingedge1          #aleadingedge

The Finishing Touches

After a couple of weeks of red ink, changes, more ink of various colours and more changes, additions and improvements, we find ourselves on the brink of being able to bring you our new book, Cricket – A Leading Edge for Captains.

We have been collecting wonderful contributions from current and past captains, umpires and coaches which help us to illustrate some of the aspects of the job of captaincy that we cover in the book. For these contributions we are hugely grateful. It has been a great experience for us to read through these comments and get an insight into the minds of some of the best captains we have played with and against over our careers. We are very excited about bringing them to you inside this book.

We are very nearly in a position to give you a release date, so keep watching on social media (Facebook & Twitter) and on our web site here, for more information.


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We are nearly there.. A week or so of final edits and then we will be ready to go! We are very excited to be bringing you this book, which we hope will be read by cricketers young and old, girls and boys of all ages and talked about in dressing rooms up and down the country!

As we build up to our release date in October, we wanted to make available a few sections from the book which you might find useful. We will also be making a section of the book available for free download so you can see where we are coming from with A Leading Edge for Captains.

We are very grateful to the captains of cricket teams, umpires and coaches from around the world who have been kind enough to share their thoughts on captaincy which will be included in the book. It has been a great exercise to find out the advice and thoughts on captaincy which captains with experience consider important to pass on to younger players. We hope you also enjoy reading their words which you will find sprinkled throughout the book!

We intend this to be the first in a series of ‘Leading Edge’ books and have started with the initial planning for the next edition, ‘A Leading Edge for Bowlers’!

In the meantime, please find here a few pages which we hope you find useful!

Welcome to A Leading Edge!

We are two cricketers, collaborating with the aim of sharing our knowledge & understanding of cricket, in thought provoking & inspirational publications.
Our first book, Cricket Captaincy for Aspirational Leaders (working title), is well underway.
Welcome to A Leading Edge
Wesley Durston & Patrick Latham