Yes, folks we promised you something special and here it is: the Royal London Review will be brought to you over the next month courtesy of a partnership between County Cricket Natters and the award-winning The Cricketer.
Annie and Dan are taking a well-earned break but Sam will be with you over the next 79 games to bring you unrivalled coverage of the Royal London Cup. The Cricketer’s county cricket supremo Nick Friend will be a regular voice, as will Hampshire and Southern Vipers star Ella Chandler, the BBC’s voice of Middlesex CCC Kevin Hand and journalist Harry Everett, part of the Somerset’s in house live-stream commentary team for the tournament. In addition, a series of exciting guest co-hosts will appear along the way.
For our preview show, Sam was joined by Kevin and The Cricketer’s digital editor Sam Morshead. As well as looking ahead to what we might see on the field, our hopes for the tournament, the trio also discussed how it will be covered and its position next to the Hundred.
As well as finding the podcast in all the usual places (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Buzzsprout etc), it will also be available online at www.thecricketer.com, as well as by searching for The Cricketer's Cricket Club on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, TuneIn Radio and Soundcloud. While you’re looking, we’d urge you to check out The Cricketer’s multi-award-winning County Hub (winner of the ECB’s Outstanding Online Coverage of Domestic Cricket award 2018, 2019 and 2020).
Our very own Sam is a regular contributor, while there is no-one that covers county cricket in as much depth, and with as much passion, as Nick. He was rightly recognised as the Christopher Martin-Jenkins Young Journalist of the Year for 2020, and is determined to make it a daddy hundred. The Cricketer's Hub will carry match reports from every game of the tournament, and there will be plenty of features aimed at giving you the background on the players you may not have heard of…yet.
Finally, there is one rule for the Royal London Review: it is a place to celebrate what we have got, rather than bemoan what we have not. It is not about comparisons, or one thing being better than another. That doesn’t mean those contributing don’t have opinions, but this is simply not the place for them.
Instead, the podcast will focus on the beauty of a tournament that will doubtless be loved by fans of county cricket, is sure to unearth international stars of the future and will continue the revival of out-grounds that began back in 2019.
As ever, we are extremely grateful for your support. We’ve come a long way since April but this only the start, and it is a real honour to be teaming up with The Cricketer for the next month.
Please do listen, comment, share and, most importantly, do what you can to support your county.
Annie, Dan and Sam