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Zero Ducks Given

'Zero Ducks Given' is an irreverent look at the world of cricket - less about the stats, much more about the stories... From the highs to the lows and from the big nights out to the inevitable hangovers the morning after. Much loved former England and current Sussex cricketer Steven Finn will give insights from inside the dressing room. Joining him will be cricket-loving Radio X presenter Toby Tarrant and Test Match Special commentator Dan Norcross.


An Episode in the Key of Ecclestone
We've gone a bit like the film Inception for this week's episode with parts of it recorded at different times and indeed different days. Hopefully it will all make sense... Dan and Toby look back at England men's first ODI v West Indies and what positives can be taken, the brilliant Sophie Ecclestone joins us ahead of the women's series v India and Toby isn't a fan of Dan's cricket updates on the radio...Oh, and no Finny this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
60:43 05/12/2023
No Toby No Problem
So much cricket to talk about and of course, one of the team is absent...but when you have former England fast bowler Steven Finn and Test Match Special commentator Dan Norcross, do we really need Toby...? Dan and Finny look ahead to England men's white ball series against West Indies, discuss Australia's ridiculous schedule and swap boxset recommendations! Also, a review of the Cricket Writers awards where the brilliant Kevin Howells was celebrated for his contribution to broadcasting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
52:52 30/11/2023
Moves Like Jagger
The team are all back together in the same country as Finny and Daniel join Toby after a long stint in India for the Men's Cricket World Cup. They reflect on the tournament as a whole, a major transfer in the county game and Finny reveals his new best mate... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
50:17 23/11/2023
Cricket World Cup (Non) Daily - India v Australia - Final
Australia beat India in Ahmedabad to win the men's Cricket World Cup. Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne with a stand of 192 as they chased down 241 with 7 overs remaining. Head made a superb 132 from 120 balls with Labuschagne ending 58 not out India, the heavy favourites, crestfallen whilst Australia have completed a remarkable six months including winning the World Test Championship, retaining The Ashes and now winning the World Cup for a sixth time. Dan and Toby look back on the day with a mini episode. India 240 all out (50 overs): Rahul 66 (107), Kohli 54 (63); Starc 3-55 Australia 241-4 (43 overs): Head 137 (120), Labuschagne 58 (110) Australia won by six wickets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19:16 19/11/2023
Cricket World Cup (Non) Daily - SF - Australia v South Africa
Australia will take on India in Sunday's World Cup final after edging South Africa in a tense semi-final at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Dan and Toby review the game. South Africa 212 (49.4 overs): Miller 101 (116), Klaasen 47 (48); Starc 3-34 Australia 215-7 (47.2 overs): Head 62 (48); Shamsi 2-42 Australia won by three wickets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
21:03 17/11/2023
Cricket World Cup (Non) Daily - SF - India v New Zealand
Over 700 runs scored, two centuries including a record breaking one for Virat Kohki, and a 7 wicket haul for the brilliant Mohammed Shami and India are into the Cricket World Cup final after beating New Zealand. In a very short episode, Dan and Toby (yes, we know!) look back at the day India 397-4 (50 overs): Kohli 117 (113), Iyer 105 (70), Gill 80* (66); Southee 3-100 New Zealand 327 (48.5 overs): Mitchell 134 (119), Williamson 69 (73); Shami 7-57 India won by 70 runs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10:29 15/11/2023
Cricket World Cup (Non) Daily - End of the Group Stage
India made it nine wins from nine games in this World Cup with a 160-run victory over the Netherlands as the group stages came to an end. Dan reflects on the last five and a half weeks and 45 games and looks ahead to the semi-finals. India 410-4 (50 overs): Shreyas 128* (94), Rahul 102 (64), Rohit 61 (54) Netherlands 250 (47.5 overs): Nidamanuru 54 (39), Engelbrecht 45 (80); Siraj 2-29 India won by 160 runs Wednesday - India v New Zealand Thursday - South Africa v Australia Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14:59 12/11/2023
The Big Show
This is not a drill. England have won a game! After giving the Dutch a hammering, the team (ok,Toby) reflect on the fact that England are once again the best team in the world. Phew. Meanwhile did Glenn Maxwell just play the greatest white ball innings of all time? Finny reckons his was better... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
53:48 10/11/2023
Cricket World Cup (Non) Daily - Eng v Aus / Pak v NZ
England officially knocked out, Pakistan keeping their hopes alive and a World Cup chase for 4th spot is still on to keep the tournament alive in the group stages. Australia put the final nail into England's defence of the trophy in Ahmedabad, a 5th defeat in succession. And a brilliant century by Fakhar Zaman helped Pakistan beat New Zealand in a rain-affected match in Bengaluru Dan Norcross looks back at both encounters with yet another (surprisingly popular) monologue. Australia 286 (49.3 overs): Labuschagne 71 (83); Woakes 4-54, Rashid 2-38 England 253 (48.1 overs): Stokes 64 (90), Zampa 3-21 Australia won by 33 runs New Zealand 401-6 (50 overs): Ravindra 108 (94), Williamson 95 (79); Wasim 3-60 Pakistan 200-1 (25.3 overs): Fakhar 126* (81), Babar 66* (63); Southee 1-27 Pakistan won by 21 runs (DLS) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12:17 04/11/2023
2 Doctors 1 World Cup
The World Cup group stage enters what feels like its 97th week and there's been a casualty as Finny has injured himself putting his pants on... In other news, Glenn Maxwell is out of the tournament playing golf, David Willey has retired and the Danai Lama is back. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
48:08 03/11/2023
Cricket World Cup (Non) Daily - England v India
It's a fourth successive defeat for England in the World Cup as the tournament goes from poor to bad to worse to abysmal. They collapsed to a 100-run defeat to India in Lucknow, having won the toss and keeping the home side to 229 runs. Dan Norcross picks over the bones. India 229-9 (50 overs): Rohit 87 (101), Suryakumar 49 (47); Willey 3-45 England 129 (34.5 overs): Livingstone 27 (46); Shami 4-22 India won by 100 runs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12:03 29/10/2023
England, oh England
It turns out rock bottom has a basement after England's latest embarrassing defeat at the World Cup. Finny, Dan and Toby react to another shocking performance and try and work out what the hell is going on. In lighter news, Grace Harris continues being a badass and there's been some decent sledging for once! Plus the Danai Lama returns once again to help with those difficult conversations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
51:28 27/10/2023
Cricket World Cup (Non) Daily - Australia v Netherlands
Whisper it quietly, but Australia are looking good in the World Cup. Glenn Maxwell hit the 4th fastest ODI century ever, David Warner made his second hundred of the tournament as Australia beat The Netherlands by over 300 runs. Toby and Dan reflect on the game as well as looking ahead to England's crucial game with Sri Lanka.   Australia 399-8 (50 overs): Maxwell 106 (44), Warner 104 (93); Van Beek 4-74 Netherlands 90 (21 overs): Singh 25 (25); Zampa 4-8 Australia won by 309 runs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19:03 25/10/2023
Cricket World Cup (Non) Daily - England v South Africa
England concede their biggest ever ODI total, fall to their biggest ever defeat and sit on three defeats from four in their World Cup defence (Thanks to Rory Dollard for that). Dan, in a hotel room at the foot of the Himalayas, and Finny, in a bus, reflect on a capitulation in the heat of Mumbai. South Africa 399-7 (50 overs): Klaasen 109 (67), Jansen 75* (42) England 170 (22 overs): Wood 43* (17), Atkinson 35 (21) South Africa win by 229 runs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11:40 21/10/2023
Dutch Delight
Dan and Finny, separated by a thousand miles, in India with Toby in London round up yet another busy week in cricket. The World Cup is into its stride with two shocks, England's highest runscorer in Test cricket retires, and there was a record breaking T20 international, but not for the best of reasons... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
52:04 20/10/2023
Cricket World Cup (Non) Daily - England v Afghanistan
One of the greatest upsets in World Cup history as the reigning champions England were beaten by Afghanistan in Delhi. Dan and Finny look back at a monumental win for one of the so called minnows in the tournament to leave England with a second defeat in three games. Afghanistan 284 (49.5 overs): Gurbaz 80 (57), Alikhil 58 (66); Rashid 3-42, Wood 2-50 England 215 (40.3 overs): Brook 66 (61); Mujeeb 3-51, Rashid 3-3 Afghanistan won by 69 runs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15:54 15/10/2023
Cricket World Cup (Non) Daily - India v Pakistan
Well, this is like nothing you've heard before on Zero Ducks Given. You've heard of the popular Radio 4 show "Just a Minute" where contestants speak on a subject for 1 minute with deviation, hesitation or repetition. Welcome to Dan's version where he talks about (mainly) the biggest game in world sport, India v Pakistan, for 9 minutes without stopping. Yes, Dan's monologue is NINE minutes long... Pakistan 191 (42.5 overs): Babar 50, Rizwan 49; Bumrah 2-19 India 192-3 (30.3 overs): Rohit 86, Shreyas 53* India won by seven wickets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12:21 14/10/2023
After a few (non) daily World Cup episodes the ZDG boys are back together. Finny and Dan have been all over India whilst Toby is back in England.  They react to what they've seen in the tournament so far including England's win over Bangladesh, how poor the Sri Lankan bowlers are and how good India are looking.  Plus we launch our social media campaign #DanOfTheDay Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
46:07 11/10/2023
Cricket World Cup (Non) Daily - England v Bangladesh
Game 7 of the 2023 Cricket World Cup saw England comprehensively beat Bangladesh by 137 runs in Dharamsala, thanks to 140 by Dawid Malan in just 107 balls and 4-43 by Reece Topley Finny and Dan look back at England's first win of the tournament. England 364-9 (50 overs): Malan 140 (107), Root 82 (68); Mahedi Hasan 4-71 Bangladesh 227 (48.2 overs): Das 76 (66), Mushfiqur 51 (64); Topley 4-43 England win by 137 runs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11:23 10/10/2023
Cricket World Cup (Non) Daily - India v Australia
Game 5 of the 2023 Cricket World Cup saw the favourites India beat Australia by 6 wickets in Chennai, but it wasn't without drama and it needed Virat Kohli to steady the innings. The fabulous Alex Hartley joins Dan to look back not just on this match, but also the others played in the last few days (if Dan can remember...) Australia 199 (49.3 overs): Smith 46, Warner 41; Jadeja 3-28, Bumrah 2-35 India 201-4 (41.2 overs): Rahul 97*, Kohli 85; Hazlewood 3-38 India won by six wickets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16:19 08/10/2023
Cricket World Cup (Non) Daily - Eng v NZ
England's defence of the World Cup didn't got off to the best of starts in Ahmedabad as they were spanked by New Zealand by 9 (NINE) wickets. Finny and Dan look back at a day where Devon (Conway) creamed England... England 282-9 (50 overs): Root 77 (86), Buttler 43 (42); Henry 3-48 New Zealand 283-1 (36.2 overs): Conway 152* (121), Ravindra 123* (96) New Zealand won by nine wickets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12:42 05/10/2023
Planes, No Trains and Automobiles
Dan and Finny are in India, Toby is in South Korea but with the wonders of modern technology (and frantic messaging on the WhatsApp group), the boys finally manage to get some time together to record the latest episode. An episode that covers plane etiquette, ghosts and how England will fare in the World Cup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
58:03 04/10/2023
An even more chaotic episode than usual. A slightly inebriated Daniel in South London who has been celebrating Surrey's success is joined by a slightly inebriated Toby who is in South Korea. Whilst Finny is on the South coast in Hove using dodgy Wi-Fi. What could go wrong? In amongst the chaos they cover England versus Ireland, Surrey's dominance, baggage allowance and Korean toilets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
50:33 29/09/2023
Finny's off to the dentist so he only graces us with his presence for half an hour this week. But in that time he discusses the ODI Squad announcement and Tim Murtagh's retirement. There's also a chat about Joe Root and the incredible turnaround of Zak Crawley's England career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
49:03 21/09/2023
The Love God is at it again as Finny helps a couple propose on live television much to the amusement of Daniel and Toby! Plus England continue their white ball series against New Zealand and India look ominously good ahead of the upcoming World Cup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
45:09 14/09/2023
Dan's small plate
Both the England Men and Women's team had disappointing results in their respective T20 series. The team discuss which players stock has fallen or risen as a result. Plus Finny gives us an update on post-retirement life and Daniel talks us through a thrilling residents meeting he attended this week... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
50:04 08/09/2023
England are back! The men and women have white ball series to look forward to this week and Dan finally gets to tell everyone about Mahika Gaur. There's also a brilliant Johnny Bairstow story doing the rounds, Finny talks about angry batsmen in the changing room and Toby is waiting for his dinner to arrive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
50:38 30/08/2023
Cage Fighting
It's week two of Finny's retirement and we catch up with him to see how he's using his new found time. He's not the only big name retiring from the sport as there's been a flurry of big names announcing their decisions as well. Plus we talk about which cricketers Finny could beat in a fight and why Chris Woakes is the perfect human being. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
49:26 24/08/2023
The One where Steven Finn retires
Warning: this episode contains Finny, Daniel and Toby being relatively nice to one another... After the announcement that Finny has retired from the game, in this exclusive special episode he reflects on his incredible career, the highs, the lows and the ridiculous... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
55:43 15/08/2023
Finny's return to action didn't quite go to plan as he watched Durham score over 400 in his comeback game! But in more exciting news he has bought new pants... We also discuss the ridiculous prodigy that is James Rew and former Republic of Ireland football captain and big cricket fan Matt Holland joins us! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
51:49 09/08/2023

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