Mark Beckhurst, the Bars Controller at the Cooper Associates County Ground has just begun his busiest time of year now that the 2016 Nat West T20 Blast campaign is well underway.
The 24 year old who has lived in Taunton virtually all of his life first came to work for Somerset County Cricket Club six years ago after completing a public services course at college.
Mark said: “I look after all of the bars at the ground, which means that on a Specsavers County Championship match we have five in action. However for a NatWest T20 Blast game we have 14 including all of our outlets, which makes it pretty busy.”
He described a typical days work. “On a NatWest T20 Blast match-day I start at 9 o’ clock,” he said. “The main part of the day is spent prepping, getting all of the barrels in place and making sure that all of the bars are ready for the staff to come in and operate. Then throughout the game I have to make sure that the bars are maintained, well stocked and that the staff are well organized, coping and keeping the queues down.
“Afterwards we then have to sort out the stock and count everything, record it and sort out the empties so it will be at least 10 o’ clock in the evening before I finish. It’s a very busy day but also a very enjoyable one.”
“During an average NatWest T20 Blast game we get through about 80 barrels, which each contain 88 pints. That means that from when the gates open to the time that the bar closes we sell over 7000 pints, so there are always people to be served.
“I do enjoy my job and I just like being here. I get on with all of the staff at the Club and see all aspects of what goes on at Somerset, which a lot of people aren’t aware of.”
Outside of his job at the club Mark is a very keen footballer and plays for Milverton. He added: “I also enjoy playing cricket and I look forward to coming to work every day!”