Will Beer has revealed how he was sledged by one of his own fans at Hove.

But it is all part of the fun of T20 night.

The Sussex spinner is delighted to see fans back at the 1st Central County Ground.

He hopes for a great atmosphere as Sharks host Gloucestershire tonight and Surrey on Sunday.

Beer, from Horsham, enjoyed a joke with the South West corner at Hove after he was unfavourably compared to 16-year-old spinner Archie Lenham in the home win over Hampshire.

He said: “It was all good fun.

“That’s what it’s about. It’s about us as players having a good time and expressing ourselves and the crowd getting out of lockdown and expressing themselves and trying to get back to some kind of normality.”

Beer, who recently took his 100th wicket in the Vitality Blast, is raring to go.

Asked for a favourite among those 100 strikes, he told The Argus: “I think you remember the wickets in quarter-finals and on Finals Day. The big occasions.

“I remember the day David Willey was smacking us around here and I think I got 2-14 off my four overs. The figures kind of stick in your head.

“The final we lost at Edgbaston to Worcester, I remember Danny (Briggs) and me clawing it back in the middle and thinking we had a really good chance going into the death.

“But it happens so fast in T20 cricket. It’s such a blur.

“I don’t even remember half the wickets an over later because it is so quick.

“It’s such an intense, fast-paced game.

“I think the game has evolved. The fear has gone out of the younger generation of cricketers and that has drip-fed into the more senior guys.

“I remember there was a definite middle period of even T20 cricket between seven and 11 overs.

“They were pretty safe overs to bowl. You knew there weren’t going to be many risks taken.

“But now every over is as punishing and as intense as the next.

“You watch some of the players batting now, there is no fear of boundary sizes.

“Bats are really big, boundaries have been brought in.

“Crowds want to see fours, sixes and maybe the odd wicket.

“I think sometimes they are a bit disappointed by a wicket!

“They want to keep seeing the ball going out of the park.


“Even from the sixth over onwards now, batters keep coming and you have to adapt to that.

“It’s more of a mental thing, knowing the batters will keep coming rather than the little safety period you used to have when T20 first started.

“But it’s great for the game."