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The County Championship is back and so is County Cricket Natters - we will guide you semi-seamlessly through the final rounds of this year's tournament.
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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. 
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 www.thecricketer.com 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. 
The County Championship may have a few week's rest but the County Cricket Natters team are relentless.  This week we're in the East Midlands and were delighted to be joined by Nottinghamshire star Luke Fletcher. Widely regarded as the most loved bloke on the circuit, 'Fletch' talks us through his time playing club cricket with Phil DeFreitas and Mark Footitt, his escapades with Alex Hales, a pair of 92s, that head injury and the secret to his fine 2021 form. Fletch also takes on The Quiz and has his say on a little Vitality Blast action. Don't miss Dan's potted history of Nottinghamshire too!  And if you haven't bought "Tales from the front line" - Fletch's autobiography - well, you are missing a trick. As ever, very grateful for all your listens, comments and shares. We really do appreciate it. Annie, Sam and Dan  
It's a been a while since our last special, but we think this one is worth the wait.After a decade of service as Surrey CEO - that coming after five years in the same role down at Somerset - Richard Gould will soon be taking up post at Bristol City. Richard kindly agreed to catch up with Sam to look back over 15 years in the game, tell us about the 'Surreyifcation' of the Kia Oval,  discuss the state of county cricket as a whole and announce he will be donning the whites once more. As ever, thanks for listening: please do like, share, retweet, shout it from the rooftops etc. ThanksAnnie, Dan and Sam  
Another week, another episode of County Cricket Natters. Sunshine, seven games, seven wins. And where better to focus our attention that Lancashire, who triumphed in the Roses clash at Old Trafford. Sky broadcast the entire thing, and even then the club's live stream had well over 600k hits across the four days. No one likes red-ball cricket though...Essex are starting to purr, as are Surrey. Worcestershire claimed a first victory of the campaign, while Warwickshire beat Nottinghamshire to open Group 1 right up. Northants gave Sussex a a good beating, and Leicestershire completed a super come-back win over Middlesex who just can't buy any luck.And so to our guest...a man that needs little introduction: Bumble himself joins us, and it was an absolute delight. Listen in for some wonderful tales and his thoughts on who has been performing / underachieving so far. Naturally he takes on 'The Quiz'. As ever, thanks for listening. Please do spread the love. Annie (@AnnieChave), Dan (@TheMiddleStump) and Sam (@SammyD767)
Another week, another episode of County Cricket NattersRain a plenty, but also some delightful action between the showers. Nottinghamshire the only team to secure a win, taking them top of the table. Three wins on the spin - who'd have thunk it?!Darren Stevens does, well, what Darren Stevens does, Luke Fletcher collects a career best haul for the 3rd time this season,  Peter Siddle as he finally collects his 2019 winners' medal and celebrates with 6-for, as do Ben Aitchison and Rushy. And Tom Abell ('captain, oh my captain) makes a majestic hundred. We've got the man who gave him the nod on this week, Glamorgan Head Coach Matt Maynard. And what a superb guest Matt was, giving us the lowdown on all things Welsh cricket, as well as some lovely tales from an illustrious career. Naturally Matt takes on 'The Quiz'.Matt also tells us a little more about the Tom Maynard Trust’s final major fundraising challenge in October 2021. Matt will be strolling from Cardiff to Colwyn Bay, taking in Wales’s three highest peaks – Pan-y-Fan, Cadair Idris and Snowdon – in his wellington boots! And the funds raised are going to be used in the perfect way... Please do keep an eye out for further details on: https://www.tommaynardtrust.com/fundraising-events/@TomMaynardTrusAs ever, thanks for listening. Please do spread the love. Annie (@AnnieChave), Dan (@TheMiddleStump) and Sam (@SammyD767)
The rain might have stopped play but even hailstones do not get in the way of County Cricket Natters.This week Annie, Dan and Sam paid a metaphorical visit to the seaside to visit Sussex, and were joined by none other than Chris Nash (@ChrisNash23). A Horsham boy who ended up opening the batting for the club for over a decade, picking up countless medals in the process.Chris fields questions on the glory days at Hove, his favourite opening partner, motorway service stations and what comes next. Naturally he also tries his hand at 'The Quiz'.As ever we have our weekly round-up of the county championship games just gone, with huge wins for Essex and Durham. Please do review, share, comment and generally spread the word if you like the show. No sponsors, fancy studios or even social media know how here: just a passion for county cricket. Annie, Sam and Dan@AnnieChave@TheMiddleStump@Sammyd767
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