From avid listener to BBC Essex presenter: Around The Wicket back with a new personality

Victoria Polley from avid listener to BBC Essex presenter
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Victoria Polley from avid listener to BBC Essex presenter
Victoria Polley from avid listener to BBC Essex presenter
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Victoria Polley from avid listener to BBC Essex presenter
Victoria Polley from avid listener to BBC Essex presenter
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BBC Essex cricket season classic Around The Wicket is back for a fourth season this summer, but this time with a new presenter.

Twenty-five-year-old broadcast journalist Victoria Polley, who has an immense knowledge of cricket, is presenting the Saturday round-up of Essex county and club cricket. Victoria plans to get under the skin of the sport and bring listeners a unique perspective.

Victoria grew up in Colchester, listening to BBC Essex sport. Now the sports fanatic has achieved her dream of being a cricket and sports presenter in a historically male dominated field. Aged just 14, Victoria knew that she wanted to make a career in sport, even leaving school early one day to get Sir Alastair Cook to sign her copy of his autobiography at the local Waterstones.

She started shadowing at BBC Essex at 17, and quickly got a role helping out on the Saturday sports show, all while studying at the University of Kent. After graduating, she joined the team and has been everything from a broadcast assistant, to a producer, to a news reader, and everything in between.

Victoria said: “I’m hugely proud to be a part of programme that offers so much for fans of cricket in Essex; from news and analysis of our county side to the remarkable stories of people who shape the sport in Essex. BBC Essex Sport has been a part of my life for so long, first as a listener and now as the place I’ve built up my career over the past 8 years. The team care so much about what they do and it’s always so exciting – it never feels like work and I love being a part of it.”

Lou Birt, Editor at BBC Essex, added: “Everyone at BBC Essex is proud of Victoria, a local girl who grew up loving our output, and we are excited for her to get started on Around the Wicket. She is incredibly passionate, and will bring that enthusiasm to the Saturday afternoon show. She is an amazing role model to other young sports fanatics, and I’m keen to see more talented women given opportunities in playing and presenting sport.”

Around the Wicket starts on Saturday 11th May, running until Saturday 27 July, so tune in from 2pm on BBC Essex or listen on BBC Sounds.