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Tom Penn is part of the team at the Pinch Hitter who produce cricket previews and a daily email covering top level games across the globe. He specializes in international cricket and has a keen eye for picking out players in strong form who the bookies have overlooked.

Tom started writing match reports and sport opinion pieces when he was still at elementary school, and he has progressed to producing previews, blogs and quizzes on everything from the Men’s Ashes to the Big Bash League and all international series. He really likes the variety of bets available in cricket and tends to zoom in on player markets like the top wicket taker or match scenarios such as whether there will be a century scored. Overhead and pitch conditions play a huge role in cricket and Tom is always aware of which side or which players a particular surface will benefit.


Sport has been Tom’s passion from an early age. He has been an avid watcher and player of both soccer and cricket from the age of four. Tom has written for Cricket Betting and Football Previews as well as contributing opinion pieces on the state of cricket for various blogs. Although he would happily watch any game of cricket without getting bored, he appreciates that for beginners it can take a while to understand all the nuances of the game. He always predicts the team total of the side batting first and uses that as a starting point for future picks in that game.


London, United Kingdom.


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Favorite bet of all-time

He still looks back fondly on a four-game parlay of drawn matches from the English Football League in September 2002. More recently, he had a great deal of success in the qualifying rounds of the T20 World Cup in October 2021.

Most heartbreaking bet

Tom learnt many years ago not to bet on the side he was rooting for in a game or series. As a result, the heartbreaking bets are few and far between, but he has seen many soccer parlays ruined by last minute goals.