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Comedian Rob Beckett to appear at FLt20 match this Friday

Tuesday 3rd July 2012

Men’s First Team

Comedian Rob Beckett will be on familiar territory this Friday when he returns to the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury as part of Rory Bremner's Stand Up for Friends Life t20 Tour.

As Kent Spitfires take on the Essex Eagles in the Friends Life t20, Beckett, who has appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats and Fresh Meat, will take a starring role in the evening's entertainment –on the ground where he worked as a steward during his time at Canterbury's Christ Church University.

And Beckett, originally from Lewisham, is looking forward to a trip down memory lane as he has fond memories of his time in the city.

He said: "Being a steward was the best job I've ever had as I used to get paid to sit in the sun watching cricket.

"Plus I didn't have much to do in terms of crowd control as pitch invasions aren't very common at cricket matches. I asked to do this leg of the tour so I could go back to Canterbury as it is always so nice to go back.

"As a steward I just used to get sent out to my post so I don't know many of the people there, but there might be some familiar faces."

Beckett recently performed at Hampshire Royals' match with Surrey and is hoping his trip to Canterbury will prove as enjoyable.

"The Hampshire game last week was really good fun," he said. "I even got to commentate on the race between the mascots.

"I did lots of interviews with the fans about their experiences on the day which were edited together and shown at half-time on the big screen.

"Going into Friday I don't know exactly what I'll be doing until I get there but that makes it more fun and it's better that every ground does something different. It's great to connect with the fans and there is always really good banter with cricket crowds especially at t20.

"The atmosphere at the longer forms of cricket is very different as those fans tend to be a bit more traditional and a bit more serious. Friends Life t20 fans are still really enthusiastic about their cricket but they are more laid back.

"The whole experience is so different from other forms of cricket with lots of loud music and fun stuff going on alongside the action so it's a bit more like going to watch an American sport. T20 is a great night for the family and if I had to sum it up it is like going out for a big picnic with a load of other people there, while watching some fantastic cricket."

This Friday'sfloodlit Friends Life t20 match against Essex Eagles gets under way at 7pm at the St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury. Save by buying pre-purchase, print at home tickets – available until 5pm on Friday. Click here for tickets.

Supporters attending Friday's match can expect some great entertainment, all included in the pre-purchase price of £20 for adults and £5 for children. As well as comedian Rob Beckett, a Justin Timberlake tribute act is set to entertain the crowds pre-match, 'Justin Timberlike'.

There will also be an inflatableGladiator Duel,andthe Nando's Challenge –where the entire audience could win a Nando's half chicken. The Spitfire Sweethearts, Kent Cricket's cheerleading squad will also be performing and the Kent Cricket Kiss Cam is back – pucker up and you could be on the big screen!

On Friday night Kent Cricket are also runninga BacardiGirls Night Out promotion. Book tickets online with the promotional code Bacardi12 to receive a free food and drink voucher. Please note that there is limited availability for this offer, with a small number of promotional tickets remaining. If you're not quick enough to receive a voucher, don't worry – the Bacardi Bar will be open on Friday, on the bank behind the Lime Tree… AKA Happy Hill!

See you on Friday – gates open from 5pm.