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It's back, and not before time. The County Championship returned this week after a little musical chairs. Groups A, B and C step aside: we have Divisions One, Two and Three. In three weeks' time we will have a new County Champion and we will be with you every step of the way. Joining Sam and Annie this week were none other than Paul Edwards and Kevin Hand, and the four of us waltzed through each of the eight games. Notts win at Somerset has blown things wide open. 
A very special show for you this week folks. Well, they are all special but this one particularly so. She didn't wear her medal but Jo Gardener has won The Hundred at Lord's with Oval Invincibles. This week she was back in Sunriser's colours at Chelmsford for the opening round of the Charlotte Edwards Cup. Yes, that's the same Charlotte Edwards Annie has dismissed. Delighted to have Jo joined Dan, Annie & Sam to talk us through the CEC and CC action.  Fair to say there were plenty more runs. Victories for Somerset and Durham, a lot of high-score draws and some, well, love for county cricket. 
Dialogue with Dizzy

Dialogue with Dizzy


No Sam this week sadly but Tony Bishop from Guerilla Cricket joins Annie and Dan along with our special guest, Jason Gillespie.We talk declarations, captaincy, THAT Ben Stokes innings, oh and have I mentioned Middlesex went top of the table? Have a listen...
Well wasn't that fun? Another week, another CC round. Thick and fast. Love it.Joining Annie, Sam and Dan to distill the best of the action into 45 minutes or so of (hopefully) easy and tasteful listening is Bumble himself. What a gent. And if you are after a laugh, Billy Connolly's Curling routine comes highly recommended. 
That time of the week again folks. And joining Annie, Dan and Sam was none other than Surrey head coach and Mr T impersonator Gareth Batting. What a joy to hear a fellow CC enthusiast, well, enthuse. Listen, share, get in touch...or don't. Your call! Until next time. 
Snow, hail, rain, sunshine, wind. We had it all. That will happen if you start playing cricket in early April.But that said, what a first week. Division Two in particularly had some thrilling matches.  No shortage  of centuries either. No Dan Whiting this week but Annie and Sam were joined by Guerilla Cricket's Tony Bishop and Ryan Sidebottom (yes, that one). Their Sunday night reflections are here. Ryan was "fresh" from a charity football match between Bedale Town FC and a celebrity XI.  Three brilliant causes so if you can spare a few bob, I'm sure they'd be very grateful:
That's it. Done and dusted. What a tournament, capped with a brilliant Final. And Glamorgan take the cup back to Wales. A deserved win for them.  Durham had a magnificent competition but fell just short.Joining Sam to discuss to Final and look back at the RLR were Mark Church, Nick Friend and Ella Chandler. 
Well the semi-finals are upon us. Yorkshire travelled to Chelmsford on Saturday and were well beaten, meaning its Essex who head to Glamorgan today. Surrey also secured a semi-final berth courtesy of a relatively comfortable victory over Gloucestershire at the Oval.Joining Sam to review the action and look ahead to this week were Ed Seabourne and Mark Church. 
Wow. The Group stages are done and dusted. And haven't they been magnificent? In less than a week we will have a new champion but first there are the knock-outs. Joining Sam to discuss all of the dramatic final day was Kevin Hand, Ella Chandler and Richard Clarke (The Grumbler). 
No on field action yesterday but that doesn't stop us. Joining Sam was first Hampshire and USA star Ian Holland and then Worcestershire skipper Joe Leach. Enjoy! 
The daily show is back...that's how it works. Joining Sam to discuss Friday's play were The County Cricket Podcast's Aaron Viles and Kent's Cricket Operations Executive Freddie Young. Very much in the business end of the Group stages now. Lots still to play for! 
The rain. It is relentless. Although not in Newcastle-upon-Tyne where Durham picked up an important victory over fellow high-flyers Lancashire. Sean Dickson made a maiden List A 100, while Luke Doneathy...well remember the name. Nick Selman reached three figures in List A cricket for the first time too, but Glamorgan were frustrated by the weather. Likewise Surrey who were denied what would have been a comfortable victory over Somerset by rain just 2 overs before the required 10. Lewis Goldsworthy's composed 96 for the visitors impressed, while Dan Moriarty picked up 4-30 with the ball.Joining Sam today to discuss the action was The Cricketer's Nick Friend and Guerilla Cricket's Nakul Pande. Plus Surrey stand-in skipper Jamie Smith dropped in for a chat. 
Ohhhhh it was a throwback to the old Sunday League days. 7 games, a little bit of rain but all completed one way or t'other. The RLC is really hotting up now, Lancashire and Somerset finding themselves at the summit of their respective groups.Joining Sam to round up all of the action was regular co-host Ella Chandler, plus a pair of debutants: Guerilla Cricket's Nakul Pande and Deep Extra Cover's Harry Everett. 
Well we were supposed to have 5 matches to talk about. Alas the weather had its own way. But that never stops us. Sam Dalling and Kevin Hand were delighted to be joined by Durham's latest signing Paul van Meekeren to talk about his side's chances in the RLC, his journey in English cricket and much more. 
Another day, another wonderful set of games in the RLC. Joining Sam today are the voice of Surrey Mark Church, Hampshire women star Ella Chandler, The County Cricket Podcast's Aaron Viles. Listen out for an interview with Somerset's new RLC skipper Ben Green during the pod as well. 
No games yesterday folks but that doesn't mean a day off for the Royal London Review team. Yes, on this special episode Sam sits down with a couple of key components to the RLC. First up is Yorkshire starlet Harry Duke who made 125 on Monday, in turn becoming the White Rose county's youngest List A centurion since a certain Sachin Tendulkar back in 1992. His career turned out alright...And then we hear from a man behind the recruitment and strategy at Leicestershire Foxes, Dan Weston. What a summer Dan is having: top wicket taker in the Blast (Naveen), top run scorer in the Blast (Josh Inglis) and Marcus Harris all brought in on his watch.  We hear all about what its like to work under Paul Nixon and Sean Jarvis!Until tomorrow, stay safe, and as ever thanks for listening. 
After an action packed Sunday the Royal London Review team were up bright and early (well, Sam dragged them out of bed) to look back on yesterdays' 7 games. Joining Sam was The Cricketer's Nick Friend - reporting back from his trip to Chelmsford - the voice of Gloucestershire CCC Ed Seabourne - who spent his birthday at Bristol - and Hampshire star Ella Chandler. Lots to talk about and we covered it all (or at least most of it!)
The Royal London Cup is underway. 785 days have passed since Somerset defeated Hampshire at Lord's in May 2019 but finally it has returned. And what a start. 5 cracking games. Records broken. Sunshine. Ice-cream. 37 List A debuts. What's not to like?Sam is joined by The Cricketer's Nick Friend and the BBC's voice of Middlesex Kevin Hand to review the opening day. 
County Cricket Natters is delighted to partner with award-winning cricket print and digital publication The Cricketer to bring you the Royal London Review. See, we told you it was exciting. Annie and Dan are taking a well-earned rest (although you might hear them at some point) but Sam will be pouring over every game, alongside exciting guest co-hosts that will include The Cricketer's county cricket supremo, and current CMJ Young Journalist of the Year,  Nick Friend and Hampshire and Southern Vipers star Ella Chandler.First up, Sam was joined by namesake Sam Morshead - The Cricketer's digital editor - and Kevin Hand -   the BBC's voice of Middlesex CCC - to preview the tournament, discuss how it will be covered off the field, and generally wax lyrical about how international stars of the future will be unearthed and  the renaissance of out-grounds is set to continue. Don't forget to check out The Cricketer's award-winning County Hub at where you can find match reports of every game, and many fine features by Nick (and also a few by Sam himself). 
Join Dan, Annie and guest Harry Everett to look back at the thrills and spills of the CC finale. 
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