December 5, 2012

English cricket

Surrey find their X-Factor

Alex Winter

Known for their swagger, Surrey have only added to their reputation as the most glamorous of counties by signing Dermot O'Leary, the radio host and television presenter.

It is well documented that Surrey are in the market for a fourth-choice wicketkeeper but 5'8" O'Leary, whose previous major appearance at The Oval was a chat on Test Match Special, won't be donning the gloves but heading up a new media group to improve the county's work in the local community and their charity operations. O'Leary will also use his television glitz to raise the club's profile within London's media outlets.

"I am really excited to be getting involved at this fantastic club and hope we can really make a difference over the next few years," O'Leary said. "I am a huge sports fan and see The Oval as one of the leading venues in London and beyond. Although it regularly delivers world-class matches on an international stage, I am excited by its further potential and look forward to playing a part in its future development."

Surrey are yet to deny that a leg of the X-Factor Live! tour will be staged in Kennington and that Stacey Solomon - former X-Factor finalist, winner of the 10th series of I'm a Celebrity and (probable) Essex fan - is to be employed as a guest tour guide.

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