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No Balls: The Cricket Podcast

59 episodes - English - Latest episode: 5 months ago - ★★★★★ - 10 ratings

Two female cricketers talking experiences and friendship on and off the cricket field. Come for the stories, stay for the banter.

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No Balls x Zero Ducks Given

May 27, 2021 11:53 - 49 minutes - 60 MB

Well we couldn't leave you all waiting too long for another episode of No Balls, so we've teamed up with Zero Ducks Given for a cross over special. Hartley has been left in charge of the description for the first time in months... so just do her a favour and say it was really good. This episode is maverick and doesn't involve that much cricket chat. Enjoyyyyyyyyy.

That Chris Stark Podcast

May 20, 2021 06:00 - 1 hour - 65.4 MB

The final episode of the season and the girl's are going out with a bang! Inviting BBC Radio One DJ and rival podcaster Chris Stark onto the pod. And what a belter he is, especially when he gets stuck into some cricket innuendo bingo! Before Hartley & Crossy have their little pre-season break they went upstairs with Sue to tackle some questions that were sent in. But as always, they will be back.. bigger and better than ever with the help of the BBC.  

Schutt Up The Haters

May 13, 2021 06:00 - 52 minutes - 55.9 MB

The girl's are absolutely delighted to invite their second Australian guest onto No Balls. A big round of ball slaps for Megan Schutt! And what a guest she is.. talking honestly and openly about social media, IVF and that World Cup Final.  Not only do they have a guest, but they also have some hugely exciting news to share with you all, so make sure you tune in. Thanks to Samson & Hal Leonard Group for making the Hartley & Crossy sound better than average.

Get In The Bin-go

May 06, 2021 06:00 - 55 minutes - 59.9 MB

Put your drinks down and get the blotters out because there is a new game in town! It's time for some No Balls BINGO! A sad end to Henry Two Fingers, but the time is right. Shouting about semen, calls from the captain and embarrassing cricket crowd stories. Another eclectic mix of cricket and chaos.  And sadly, the girl's had to swan in with Swanny for the final time as he heads home from the IPL. 

Packaging The Meat & Veg

April 29, 2021 06:00 - 1 hour - 80.6 MB

The girl's fly solo this week in an attempt to tackle some emails. Instead, they end up down a slippery slope discussing Crown Jewels. What else would you expect? The difference between red & white cricket balls, Swanny's IPL round up and nosey receptionists.. all sounding 3D because they've FINALLY got some recording equipment! Thank you Samson & Hal Leonard for the sponsorship. Don't forget to visit: to get your very own...

On Air: Jordan's Journey

April 22, 2021 06:00 - 1 hour - 68.7 MB

A very big, warm, No Balls welcome to this week's guest; World Cup winner Jordan Williams. And what an absolute delight he is. An amazing insight into the adversity and difficulties that our disability cricketers face on the daily. Thank you for being so honest, Jord! Swanny is let off the leash again for the (unofficial) official IPL round-up. More great stories and general banter between the rabble.  Plus some average chat about how bacon is cooked. Welcome to No Balls: TCP episode 4.. e...

Zoning In With Winfield-Hill

April 15, 2021 06:00 - 1 hour - 65.8 MB

The first guest of Season 5 and the spot belongs to the one and only Lauren Winfield-Hill.. aka Lozzy.  One of the most honest episodes touching on married life in lockdown, that World Cup Final and the challenges of chronic illness and the impact on a professional athlete. Lozzy is an absolute delight to have on the pod.  The girls also welcome back Swanny; their new (officially unofficial) IPL correspondent! His introduction speaks for itself and yet again he does not disappoint.  

Thursday Is The New Friday

April 08, 2021 06:00 - 39 minutes - 45.2 MB

Nobody likes change... except when it means you get a new episode of No Balls earlier! It's hard to tell whether the plot was lost mid way through this episode, or whether there actually never was a plot to lose. You decide. Nonsense, a few LBWs, more nonsense, upstairs with Rudi Koertzen, further nonsense and another pretty questionable impression.. apologies Prince Phillip. Don't forget to use the Payntr code: Noballs for 20% discount!

Making Good Friday Great

April 02, 2021 06:00 - 39 minutes - 46.3 MB

Surprise! It's the sneakiest start to a season yet. The girl's decided they missed their Friday's without the podcast so what better day to release Season 5 than on Good Friday! This is probably the most "No Balls" episode Hartley & Crossy have recorded. Day One listeners will know what this means... absolute carnage! Toilet rolls, Instagram DMs, batting practice, the IPL and much much more. We hope this episode kicks off your Easter weekend in style!

Since You've Been Swann

March 12, 2021 07:00 - 1 hour - 43.8 MB

After such incredible feedback on last week's episode, the girl's didn't think it was the right time to take their season break. So they have a special bonus episode, complete with special guest: Graeme Swann! From test wickets to home schooling, elbow injuries to Strictly Come Dancing, tour life to retirement; this hour long special covers a lot of ground. Plus, Swanny bares all with his spray tans!  Hartley & Crossy bid you farewell for the time being.. see you all for Season 5! 

ConTROLLing Social Media

March 05, 2021 07:00 - 46 minutes - 51.6 MB

Friday wouldn't be Friday without a new episode of No Balls: TCP now would it? It's no secret that this past week has been one which has drawn some attention to social media, in particular one of Hartley's tweets, and so the girl's take the opportunity to discuss what happened and the effects of online abuse. Hopefully this can be a reminder to everyone that actions have consequences and your words can and do affect people.. so let's be kind! But don't worry, it's not all doom and gloom b...

Clapping Crossy Back In The Team

February 26, 2021 07:00 - 33 minutes - 38.7 MB

Well this one is a little different to the previous few weeks. The girls are back together just the two of them, they talk about Crossy's disappointment of not being selected, how she deals with the news, how she will bounce back and of course the 'clapping' noise. Oh and if you haven't already seem Crossy is back in the starting 11 and obviously we don't talk about it, hindsight podcast strikes again. Don't forget 'NOBALLS' on the payntr website. 

Heart To Hartley: Mum's The Word!

February 19, 2021 07:00 - 59 minutes - 61.7 MB

The girl's are so pleased to welcome, the one and only, Mrs Julia Hartley to No Balls: TCP! A season of alternate perspectives now gives Crossy & Hartley the opportunity to understand professional sport from a parent's point of view.  From Julia's short-lived cricket career, to the highs of the World Cup Final, to the lows of a contract loss, Julia is open and honest about Alex's cricketing journey. A real deep insight.  PAYNTR code (NOBALLS) still available!

Keeping Up With Michael Bates

February 12, 2021 07:00 - 42 minutes - 46.2 MB

After last weeks episode going down well, the girls decide to talk cricket, cricket, cricket again.  This week they are joined by Michael Bates.. in case you couldn't tell that from the title of the podcast episode. They discuss all things from night time toilet breaks, getting back in the England squad, fine leg fielding, drop catches plus the highs and lows of his career. As always email the girls on [email protected]

We Went Upstairs With Sue Redfern!!

February 05, 2021 07:00 - 51 minutes - 53.4 MB

No Ballers, the time has finally come to announce that we did it. We went upstairs with Sue! Alex's dream has finally come true and it did not disappoint. Listen to how she went from playing to umpiring, her perspective on the game from behind the stumps and which bowlers she likes umpiring for. A big thank you to Sue for being such a sport and sharing one of her earliest memories of meeting Hartley.

Lowa-ing The Bar

January 29, 2021 07:00 - 39 minutes - 43.4 MB

Long distance and time zones won't stop these two bringing you the latest episode of No Balls. Find out how Crossy's journey across the world went and how Hartley has been coping since she left.  Updates on the flue situation, a round up of the Sri-Lanka series, one of Hartley's finest blunders and of course, the Psychopath Test! Are you a psychopath? Listen to this week's episode to find out.

One Flue Over Crossy's Nest

January 22, 2021 07:00 - 40 minutes - 43.1 MB

Well can you believe it the girls have a producer. So sit back and listen as the girls chat about Crossy's flue issues, test match cricket, what its like being dropped on a tour and much much more. This weeks episode is a little spicier than usual, see if you can figure out why.   Don't forget to email us your questions at [email protected]

New Year, New Tier!

January 15, 2021 07:00 - 40 minutes - 55.1 MB

Welcome to season four (!) of No Balls. The girls are back and pleased to be able to join you in your lockdowns. This feels familiar..? New year, same chaos. A 999 call, princess's in the dressing room, mother's day discussions and a little bit of cricket chat.  Please all stay safe and enjoy the latest season!  

Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Psychopaths

December 18, 2020 07:00 - 35 minutes - 46.6 MB

And just like that, it's the season finale!  Dyslexia, club stalwarts and festive cheer.. Hartley & Crossy go down their usual rabbit holes whilst answering your questions and even, somehow, end up talking about the Queen and her knicker drawer! Thank you for all your support during this season. The girls wish you a very Merry Christmas with your families. Stay safe and see you in the New Year!

Double Cross'd

December 11, 2020 07:00 - 43 minutes - 61.8 MB

Even without a guest planned, the girl's manage to stumble across an addition to this week's episode of No Balls. Hartley & Crossy welcome ex-professional footballer, David Cross, who also happens to be Crossy's dad. A convenient coincidence! The trio tackle David's career, influencing his children, barge business and inflation rates.  Apologies for Hartley's wash (obviously) in the background #VillagePodcast  

We Loch'd In Kirstie Gordon!

December 04, 2020 07:00 - 55 minutes - 30.6 MB

Season 3 is flying by and it's a pleasure to welcome day one listener, Kirstie Gordon, to No Balls: TCP.  The girl's discuss Kirstie's transition from Scottish International to being part of England's World Cup squad, as well as who she would like to be stuck under the mistletoe with this Christmas. Don't miss it! Make sure to keep an eye on your emails for the results of the Christmas giveaway! 

Cheers To One Year

November 27, 2020 07:00 - 38 minutes - 55.6 MB

So the girls have had to 'film' an emergency episode because Hartley lost the recording with the guest they had planned. A whole year on and this podcast gets more and more village each week. Join the girls this week as they discuss... well it's hard to say what is actually discussed as they go completely off-piste and just decide to have a giggle (quite literally Hartley nearly wets herself at Crossy)   Do not forget the girls Payntr discount code NOBALLS

Good Things Come To Those Who Satterthwaite

November 20, 2020 07:00 - 49 minutes - 51.7 MB

The girls take things overseas. They are joined by Amy & Lea Satterthwaite who are currently in Australia playing in the WBBL. Crossy makes Hartley introduce the podcast just because she knew it would bring a couple of LOLs. (she is still struggling now) Join the girls this week as they have a reminisce on times playing together, losing cricket games, baby Grace and Lea's very very strange shoulder injury. Oh and if you didn't know, they have a baby and it makes great excuses for things. ...

Taylor Made: She's A Keeper!

November 13, 2020 07:00 - 56 minutes - 38.1 MB

It is finally time to welcome Sarah Taylor to No Balls: TCP! After convincing her to make an appearance, how does she cope with all the games, quizzes and questions posed to her? Discussing mental health, the real reason she doesn't wear keeping pads, breakfast with Virat Kohli and what actually happens when you share a room on tour with Hartley; Sarah bares all for the pod. Also, keep your eyes peeled for a special CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY and some discount codes for Payntr Brand!

Aleem Dar, You Superstar!

November 06, 2020 07:00 - 41 minutes - 57.6 MB

Hartley & Crossy are dedicating this episode to the wonderful Aleem Dar who recently broke the record for most ODIs as an on-field umpire. Congratulations, Aleem.  Without a guest (again) it's a great opportunity for the girls to get through some of your questions and tackle pre-lockdown thoughts and feelings. This weeks discussions include the women's IPL, the WBBL and of course how often they wash their bed sheets.   

Tears For Tier Three But Here's To Season Three

October 30, 2020 06:00 - 45 minutes - 66.5 MB

Guess who's back... Back again!   Crossy and Hartley have finally got back together to give you all what you have been waiting for, join the girls this week and you will not be disappointed. The girls feel they are back with a bang, they literally cover all topics from their two star review (they are still fuming about this), mental health, IPL and the WBBL. They even discuss who is most likely to take a bullet for the other.   The girls look forward to you joining, don't forget to lik...

Henry Two Fingers

October 02, 2020 06:00 - 48 minutes - 78.1 MB

The season finale is here, and the girls are going out with a bang. Get the bevs ready because it’s time to play the No Balls drinking game and they’ve only gone and got Henry Two Fingers as their co-host! Take a sip..  Umpire reviews, magic trousers and questionable off-spin.. the gang literally cover it all. Also if any no ballers are looking for digs in the London area then get in touch with Henry, he needs a housemate! Washer & separate dryer included.  See you all in a few weeks for s...

Everyday We're Bubbling

September 25, 2020 06:00 - 34 minutes - 49.4 MB

It's the penultimate episode of season two and the village podcast strikes again. This time by completely forgetting to upload an episode. Can it get any worse? I'm sure the girls will find out. This week, from different bubbles, Hartley & Crossy catch up and talk all things international women's cricket, pork pie smuggling and questionable leaves.  

Better Late Than Never

September 18, 2020 09:33 - 46 minutes - 33.4 MB

Apologies No Ballers, we forgot to upload the podcast. But here it is. Maybe this one needs no introduction.. just have a listen!  

Taking The Mick, With Mick

September 11, 2020 06:00 - 42 minutes - 43.7 MB

Hartley came good, finally. She bit the bullet, swallowed her pride and asked the question. Which meant the girls could welcome "the" Michael Vaughan on to No Balls: TCP this week.  Questions about balls, concourse cricket, the 2005 Ashes series and women's cricket are put to Mick. Plus, one of the girls also reveals that she had a poster of Vaughan on her wall as a youngster.  Another week of catching up as Hartley takes part in the Rachel Heyhoe-Flint Trophy and more bio-secure bubbles f...

Episode 4: Two Morons One Moeran

September 04, 2020 06:00 - 46 minutes - 57.4 MB

Welcome back to another episode of No Balls: The Cricket Podcast. Finally the girls have a guest, they have managed to twist the arm of Henry Moeran and quiz him about life on the 'dark side', working with Hartley and how women's cricket has changed over the years. The girls also talk all thing Rachel Heyhoe-Flint, captaincy and why Hartley hasn't washed her hair for what looks like 30 days. 

Heyhoe Let's Go!

August 28, 2020 06:00 - 39 minutes - 56.5 MB

It's been more than a year since the girl's have been team-mates but this weekend they will be taking the field together in the inaugural Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy.  Find out what they think going into the weekend.  Raw onions, away trips and washing machine overuse. Season two is delivering all the hot topics of conversation.  We need some emails though so please get in touch on [email protected]

Episode 2: #FindKev

August 21, 2020 06:00 - 38 minutes - 55.5 MB

There really was no reason for a new season but the girls are happy and enjoying recording the podcast again. Listen to this weeks episode and find out if the girls think they are just as funny as the week previous. They talk about all sorts this week, from women's cricket to loose bowels.  You name it they talk about it. Find out why Crossy had a near death experience and how Kev is getting on with the new job. (also Kev if you are listening, how are you getting on?)

Episode 1: No Reason For A New Season

August 14, 2020 06:00 - 50 minutes - 72.1 MB

After a couple of weeks away, Hartley and Crossy are back with a bang! The break has meant No Balls: TCP is into it's second season.  After a lengthy catch up the girls discuss the England bio-secure bubble, the creation of North-West Thunder as well as the postponement of the World Cup.  Not to mention the eclectic mix of emails that have been sat waiting to be opened. A day on the bench? Explained. Embarrassing stories? Of course. Need a name for your new dog? They'll help. 

Episode 25: Masking Our Personal Lives

July 24, 2020 06:00 - 46 minutes - 59.1 MB

Listen to this week's episode to find out why the girls talk about their personal lives, what they really think of Dom Sibley's batting performance and if they did or did not win a British Podcast award.   This week the girls don't have a guest and it isn't their funniest but Hartley doesn't swear for the first time in weeks, so if you ask them it is 100% a win win. As always pass the pod onto a friend.

Episode 24: For Fox Sake

July 17, 2020 06:00 - 43 minutes - 53.9 MB

Hey all you cool cats & kittens. Firstly, thanks to Hartley for turning up for this episode, although the hangover does seem to shine through. Secondly, apologies if she sounds like her pet goldfish just died.  It has taken 24 episodes but the girls finally have something named after them. Make sure you listen to find out what it is. An episode of No Balls wouldn't be complete without a few embarrassing stories, and this one is no exception. Which England cricketer has Crossy been DM'ing n...

Episode 23: Welcoming Shikha During A Pandey-emic

July 10, 2020 06:00 - 54 minutes - 38.5 MB

Crossy promised Hartley that she would get Shikha Pandey on the podcast, she took the plunge and asked the question, Shikha said yes. Listen to this weeks episode to find out if Shikha really is or isn't a pilot, how Crossy accidently slid into one of the England boys DMs and how Hartley had to have a sit down shower after not getting the backing from her captain 12 months away from a competition.  Sorry about the language, Hartley forgets we have a no swear rule this week.

Episode 22: It's A No Brainer, She's Signed Her Retainer

July 03, 2020 06:00 - 44 minutes - 60.8 MB

The hindsight podcast strikes again with the big news that Hartley has signed her retainer contract to become a professional cricketer, once again! The girls discuss what this means and how it shapes the future for women's cricket. The girls begged for emails and you did not disappoint. From sensible chats about changing the women's game to animal impressions and mattress analysis, this episode is less maverick but certainly no less fun.

Episode 21: Ele-Fantastic Time At The Zoo

June 26, 2020 06:00 - 42 minutes - 57.6 MB

Well well twisted Crossy's (rubber) arm and now the girls are back. Listen to this weeks episode to find out how the girls got on at Chester Zoo, what they got up to on their annual leave and how many emails they got begging to carry on with the podcast. You guys asked... THEY DELIVERED!!! 

Episode 20: Man Hole? Man Alive!

June 12, 2020 06:00 - 46 minutes - 63.3 MB

It's a long one, but the girls have a lot to catch up on. Lost bets, adopting elephants, favourite deliveries, umpiring and a brand new drinking game; this episode literally has everything.  This could potentially be the final episode of No Balls: TCP, with the girls deciding to take a little innings break next week. Can Hartley persuade Crossy to come back in two weeks? If it is the final episode then Hartley's description of a man hole sends the girls out with a bang. *Face palm emoji* 

Episode 19: A Different Kettle Of Vish

June 05, 2020 09:00 - 47 minutes - 56 MB

Join Hartley & Crossy for this weeks episode of No Balls: TCP, the girls have decided to go to the dark side and invite a journalist onto the podcast. Find out who Vithushan Ehantharajah's favourite (or least favourite) players are to interview, why he took a trip from Edinbrugh to Poulton Le Flyde and what he really thinks of Michael Jordan.

Episode 18: Alex Hartwee & The Heart Attack

May 29, 2020 06:00 - 38 minutes - 48.8 MB

It has taken 9 weeks of lockdown but the girls did their first socially distanced podcast TOGETHER! Amazing. Although this means there might be a bit of background noise.. apologies! Hartley and Crossy have a good catch up, get through a lot of emails and sneak some LBWs in at the end for good measure. From batting advice to bath-time habits, this episode is another maverick one.  This episode may contain some strong language.   

Episode 17 - A Piece Of (Eccles) Cake

May 22, 2020 06:00 - 42 minutes - 48.3 MB

Well would you believe it, the girls have got yet another guest, this week they welcome the worlds best spinner Sophie Ecclestone.  Soph helps co host the full episode of No Balls: TCP where we cover all the emails we have been sent and especially the ones from her family. This weeks episode is very light hearted, so give it a listen to lighten up your day.

Episode 16: A Knight With The Captain

May 15, 2020 06:00 - 45 minutes - 36.8 MB

The girls finally got their acts together and got a special guest on No Balls: TCP this week. We welcome England World Cup winning captain; Heather Knight! Heather tackles the 'Cross Examination (Let's get to the Hart of the matter)' as well as answering all the questions you sent in and reminds us of a very unfortunate incident involving Anya Shrubsole. We also hear an official confession regarding bananas and a lobster in a toilet!  

Episode 15: I Warner Duet With Davey

May 08, 2020 06:00 - 43 minutes - 57 MB

The feud is finally over and normality has resumed. Another week of lockdown means another episode of No Balls: TCP for everyone to enjoy. The email inbox is full again which means the girls tackle all your queries and LBWs as well as touching on what the cancellation of the Hundred looks like in the women's world.  Also, David Warner, if you're listening.. drop us an email!

Episode 14: Feud or False?

May 01, 2020 06:00 - 40 minutes - 53.8 MB

Even in the middle of a friendship feud the girls manage to film another episode of No Balls: TCP. Having unfollowed Hartley on twitter, Kate has now been blocked! Hartley and Crossy tackle some more emails and even hand out some more dodgy advice. From discouraging coaches to house flies to explaining the Hundred to Carole Baskin; episode 14 is an off-piste special.  Shout out to all the Olympic athletes looking to hit their PBs; this is the podcast you need!  

Episode 13: We've Hit The Mail On The Head

April 24, 2020 06:00 - 38 minutes - 51.3 MB

Join us to find out why Kate and Alex have officially unfollowed each other on social media this week. Was it Hartley's fault? Only time will tell. In this weeks episode the girls tackle all the emails you have been sending in over the past couple of weeks because, quite frankly, they kept forgetting. Tune in to see what advice is given to a young pup who wants to ask their best friend out on a date and to see if Hartley can or cannot read the emails without stuttering.

Episode 12: Here We Guha

April 17, 2020 06:00 - 39 minutes - 46.8 MB

World Cup & Ashes winner, Isa Guha, join Alex & Kate on this week's episode to discuss all things on the pitch and in the commentary box.  The girls asked Isa the questions you sent in, found out what she's been up to in lockdown and got to the bottom of some timeless tweets. Apologies for the sound on this particular episode, there were some technical difficulties!

Episode 11: Third Time Lucky Ft. Keaton Jennings

April 10, 2020 08:32 - 42 minutes - 51.8 MB

The girls finally manage to track Keaton down but it's not as simple as it sounds. Technology was never Keaton's strongest point.  Alex and Kate ask him all the questions you sent in, touching on dress sense in the England changing room, dopplegangers, short-leg and what being bald in 30+degrees is like. Stay home and listen.  

Episode 10: No Ballers? No Thanks!

April 03, 2020 06:00 - 35 minutes - 48.3 MB

What does this epiosde & Alex Hartley have in common? Have a listen to find out.. Another week in lockdown and a lot more topics covered such as best & worst interviews, how to get your captains attention and a question taking the girls right to the very core.  As well as the fun of LBW's, Alex & Kate give some advice about mental wellbeing in what is proving a difficult time for a lot of people around the world.