COMEDIAN Peter Kay has given Cheshire Jets a boost as they prepare for the two biggest matches of their season so far.
Paul Smith’s team take on the Mersey Tigers this weekend in the BBL play-off semi-finals, with the winner over two legs going through to the Grand Final the following week.
But the Tigers have been forced to switch their ‘home’ leg to Manchester – because Phoenix Nights comic Kay is performing a series of shows at their regular venue for big matches, the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
It means the Tigers must surrender home advantage and play Sunday’s crucial second leg 37 miles down the road at the Amaechi Centre, Manchester (6pm tip-off).
The Jets will be looking to build up a big lead in the first leg, which takes place at Chester’s Northgate Arena this Saturday (7.30pm).
Head coach Smith said: “We are dedicating this semi-final to the fans. They deserve a final this season and we’re going to push to make sure this happens.”
Jets fans are expected to outnumber their Merseyside counterparts in both play-off games.
The Tigers have had difficulties finding a home court all season, with the reigning league champions playing in Manchester and Birchwood before ending the season with a run of five games at the Echo Arena.
For a full-page preview of this weekend’s Jets v Tigers showdown, see page 92.