A Lancastrian by birth, Dagnall played the game with boyish enthusiasm and became a major contributor to the Leicestershire cause. He made his impact in first-class cricket with Warwickshire, where he is best remembered for a dramatic last-wicket partnership of 37 in 13 overs with Mohammed Sheikh, which secured victory against local rivals Worcestershire in the 2001 Benson & Hedges Cup.
Daggers joined Leicestershire at the end of the 2001 campaign and was a valuable member of the side that won the 2004 Twenty20 Cup, after working hard in the gym the previous winter. His finest performance came in a group game against Nottinghamshire when he took 4-22 to help secure a dramatic 40-run win. Charles was forced to retire in 2005 at the age of 28 after a string of unfortunate injuries limited his participation. He then enjoyed a brief spell playing for American football side Leicester Falcons, as a quarterback.
Charles has always had a strong interest in broadcasting and quickly moved into media once his sporting career had finished. He now works as a commentator and pundit, where he has covered some of sport’s greatest tournaments including the Cricket World Cup and 5 Premiership rugby finals. In addition to this, Charles has his own drive time show where he has interviewed the likes of Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Charles Kennedy. He also commentates on One Day Internationals for BBC’s Test Match Special and in 2013, he took over from Darren Fletcher as co-host of NFL UK’s Inside the Huddle podcast.
Charles is a relaxed guy and enjoys golf along with a number of unusual extra-curricular activities. Not only does he enjoy his sport and broadcasting, but he was once the frontman of soul-funk outfit Frisco Crabbe. Charles is a much-loved speaker and has a number of brilliant stories about both his time on the field as well as in the commentary box.