White-ball Windies cricketers earn increased incentives, retainers

first_imgEXCLUSIVE retainers are the highlight of Cricket West Indies latest offer to Windies players.Previously, there were retainer contracts for a certain number of players, now there will be a number of retainer offers per category.The most respect will still be paid to Test cricket, as CWI CEO Johnny Grave’s policy will now pay the biggest retainers to players who play both Tests and One Day Internationals.The maximum retainer is more than US$300 000 inclusive of match fees. New contracts will come into effect on July 1, 2018.Already, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Mohammed, Evin Lewis, Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse and Kesrick Williams have been offered Category C contracts.Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree and Darren Sammy are reportedly to receive pro-rata contracts.While the CWI is yet to say what the new contracts will mean in terms of an increase, reports suggest that match fees will increase to US$5 000, up from the US$2 500 for Tests and US$2 000, up from the US$1500 for T20Is and ODIs.The retainer contracts are also said to have improved significantly, with A contractors seeing the possibility of earning more than US$300 000, up from the US$140 000 that previously existed.last_img read more

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Fashola, Akeredolu, Ade-Ojo Light up Ondo Car Race 2019

first_img“We are having more top dignitaries; car racers and racing groups indicate interest in participating in this year’s event. And, of course virtually all racers from previous editions have renewed their entry. This has a lot to do with the level of professionalism with which past editions have been handled and we are definitely stepping it up this year.”The two-day event will be flagged off with drifting sessions by racers that are expected to assemble from different parts of the country.“Kebbi, Kano, Abuja, Enugu, Gombe, Benin, Ibadan, and Lagos are the spread of the entries as at last count but we still have pockets of racing clubs in other cities that we are fine-tuning logistics with before we confirm their attendance. Most of them are working out and weighing options open to them to move their racing cars and in some cases fans, family and friends to Akure for the event,” Ojuoko addedHe also hinted that there have been a couple of racers who will be joining from the United Kingdom.There is also a side challenge of Idanre Hills climbing in the early hours of Friday, before the drifting session sets off.Olumide Omolade, who coordinates activities of the event shares that the Idanre Hills climbing was essential to afford the visitors to the state have a taste of the beautiful heritage site.According to him, “On the opening day we will have light motorsports activities and socials in which a guided tour of Idanre Hills is the main activity. The second days will feature the on road and off road races.“In all we keep moving the needle on safety and quality sports entertainment and all lovers of Motorsport for this year’s race are in for the best in the series”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Babatunde-Fashola The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola has become the latest addition to the increasing high profile attendees at the 2019 Ondo Car Race scheduled to flag off on Friday, November 8th at the capital city Akure.Ondo State Governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu who engaged in a two-way Drag Race with motoring entrepreneur and industrialist, Chief Michael Ade-Ojo at last year’s edition has also confirmed his appearance at this year’s event. And Fashola would be joining them on the race tracks after commissioning a six-kilometre road network in Ilara Imokin.President of Work and Play group, organisers of the event, Adeoye Ojuoko said that the event would definitely be an improvement on the previous editions.last_img read more

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Weatherley wins monthly mug

first_imgPSC Golf from the Tropical Golf GroupTuesday, March 22, Bangpra – StablefordWe had a late start at Bangpra, it seemed a good idea as this is still the high season and by starting late, a midday tee off, we could save a few coppers.  One more good point is that we got a lie in and did not have to leave until 1030 a.m.We were at the first tee well in time and found that the starter seemed to have no idea where we were teeing off.  After being switched backwards and forwards between the 1st and 10th we finally got going off the first before the starter had chance to change his mind again.  There was a strong wind blowing but we all hit it down the middle.Golfer of the Month, Mashi Kaneta (left) shows off his prizes while Paul Weatherley poses with his mug. The day was hot but the wind kept the temperature at a reasonable level, however those walking found it very difficult and by the time they had finished they were all hot and bothered.The course was in what one might call a burnt condition and that is not surprising as there has not been much rain of late.  Anywhere off the fairway seems to be bare and really hard.  I suppose the good golfers might be able to play off such a lie but the average golfers have difficulty.  The fairways were good in parts but dry in others and all shots played were such that the hands became jarred.  The greens to me seemed fast and true as usual but some players thought they were a bit inconsistent but that would be picky.In the A Flight, 0 to 17, the winner was Tony Brown with 37 points ahead of Mashi Kaneta in second with 36.  In third was Glen Lee with 32 points and in fourth was John Hackett with 31 point on count back over Landis Brooks and Tom Herrington.Tony Brown & Barry Oats with one of BJ Lodge’s finest.In the B Flight the winner was Barry Oats with 40 points ahead of a count back on 34 points that saw Carole Kubicki in second and Derek Brook in third.  In fourth was Jim Ferris with 33 points.Near Pins: Landis Brooks, Carole Kubicki, Barry Oats, Glenn Lee.Long Putts: Walter Baechli, Nigel Perry.Friday, March 25, Crystal Bay – MedalGolfer of the MonthMashi Kaneta Monthly Mug1st Paul Weatherley (18) net 682nd Mike O’Brien (23) net 683rd Landis Brooks (8) net 724th Brian Parrish (11) net 735th Tom Herrington (14) net 73Long Putts: Mick Coghlan, Ted Morris, John Davis, Landis Brooks.It was again Double Witching Day at Tropical Golf, with the Golfer of the Month and the Monthly Mug on the line.  Several golfers had a chance to win GOM, and everyone had a chance at the beautiful Monthly Mug, so the anxiety level was high.  Mashi Kanata had the clear lead going into this final round, but he would need to maintain composure as others were within striking distance!Considering the weather and water shortage, Crystal Bay was in very good condition.  Unlike a couple recent outings, there was actually green grass under the ball most times.  We played the C then B course.  There were other groups out that day but with 27 holes things were spread out nicely.The big prize of the day was BJ’s Holiday Lodge sponsored Golfer of the Month!  Even though Mashi Kaneta didn’t have his best round, his lead was enough to hold off some serious challengers.  Congrats to Mashi, and check out those prizes!  Thanks to Bill, Lek, and BJ’s for the support.Lest we forget, there was another highly coveted prize on the line, and that was the Monthly Mug, and what a great mug it is!  Winning it was big Paul Weatherley and to make it even better Paul won just a day before heading home, so it was a great way to go home in style.last_img read more

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Mann & McBride on the mark at St. Andrews

first_imgWe had the privilege of playing the B & D nines, but not from the tips; Capt’ Bob was lenient this week and nominated the tee of the day as white.  26 Outbackers tried their skills and Brain Maddox came in with the best score of the day, 39 points, to win Div B by two from Jerry Quin (37pts), who at long last has sorted out his tee shots.Kevin Fitzgerald with playing partners Capt’ Bob and Harry Moseley (right) and caddies at Burapha on Monday, April 25.Paul Young returned to the Outback with a win in Div A, 37 points, just ahead of Sel Wegner and Chris Fletcher both on 36.There were three ‘2’s from Jack Moseley, Bob Philp & Svenn Lund.Div A (0-15)1st Paul Young (12) 37pts2nd Chris Fletcher (12) 36pts3rd Sel Wegner (14) 36pts4th Bob Philp (10) 35ptsDiv B (16+)1st Brian Maddox (21) 39pts2nd Jeremy Quin (18) 37pts3rd Greg Hill (26) 37pts4th Steve Plant (16) 36ptsTuesday, April 26, Pattaya C.C. – StablefordTwenty-three Outbackers on the starting blocks but not so many completed the circuit as heavy rain interrupted the day’s play, rendering many of the greens unplayable, particularly for the later groups.  It did (the rain) eventually clear away but too late for some.Brian Maddox.Otherwise the course was OK but quiet, even if the greens were getting a little furry, making them slow.Dave Earthrowl clearly had no problem with them (the greens) as he notched up the day’s top score of 38 points to take Div A by three from Paul Smets and Svenn Lund, both with 35.  Mam Persson (Ms Seesa) made 33 points work for her to win Div B from Sid Ottaway on the same score and JinJo (Martin O’Neill), with 32.There were two ‘2’s from Kev Fitzgerald and Svenn Lund.Div A (0-20)1st David Earthrowl (20) 38pts2nd Paul Smets (17) 35pts3rd Svenn Lund (14) 35ptsDiv B (21+)1st Phompinmon Seesa (30) 33pts2nd Sid Ottaway (23) 33pts3rd Martin O’ Neill (27) 32ptsWednesday, April 27, Greenwood C & A – StablefordFive groups from the Outback (20 Outbackers) and a similar number from the Golf Club, were just about the only players on this superb golf course.  We started on loop C and the Golf Club started on loop A, all being able to play at a comfortable pace without any hold-ups.  The weather once again deteriorated as the round progressed but other than a short delay for the passing lightning, everybody was able to complete their round.Brian Maddox followed up his win on Monday at Burapha with another one here, taking Div B with only 34 points, from a new boy to the Outback, Greg Leblanc with 33, playing off an adjusted h’cap of 19.Sel Wegner topped the premier division with his 37, to follow his third place at Burapha and may see his handicap coming back down to 13 very soon.  The handicapper is slowly catching up with Owen Walkley, now down to 10, but he still managed to get himself into second place, scoring 35.We say goodbye to General Jack’s son, Harry, whose golf has come on leaps and bounds as he played in his first ever golf tournaments alongside his Dad; “he’s going to improve quickly”, said Jack, “no doubt next year when he returns, he will be giving me shots!”There were three ‘2’s from Owen Walkley, Michael Morrison and Sugar Ray.Div A (0-15)1st Sel Wegner (14) 37pts2nd Owen Walkley (10) 35pts3rd Bernie Stafford (12) 33ptsDiv B (16+)1st Brian Maddox (21) 34pts2nd Greg Leblanc (19) 33pts3rd Jean Paul Michiels (18) 33ptsFriday, April 29, St. Andrews – StablefordAll three nines at Khao Kheow were closed today as they were hosting a big tournament, so we moved to St. Andrews for a change, with our 32 Outbackers.  The Golf Club were there as well, as were The Caddyshack all enjoying a very attractive rate for the course.It was a slow round of about five hours but nevertheless many players were able to hold their concentration to run up some excellent scores, not least of all Joe Mooneyham whose 40 points was not enough to win his division, but considering he had two wipes it was a great effort to take second.Lawrie McBride had the day’s top score of 42 to win Div B, ahead of Joe, and third place was a long way back with three players tied on 34 points.Steve Mann headed the premier division with 40 points, two in front of Capt’ Bob with 38; whose 19 on the back nine was just enough to give him the edge over Mike Morrison’s 18.Joe Tynan’s 36 points got the nod over Andrew Makara as he (Joe) scored 20 on the back and 16 on the front, whereas Andy’s was the exact reverse.  Third place went to Brian Maddox (35pts), which completes a very successful week for him with two firsts and a third.There were five ‘2’s from Bob Philp, Steve Mann, Danny Medd, John Heaney & Joe Mooneyham.Div A (0-12)1st Steve Mann (9) 40pts2nd Bob Philp (10) 38pts3rd Michael Morrison (11) 38ptsDiv B (13-17)1st Lawrence McBride (15) 42pts2nd Joe Mooneyham (14) 40pts3rd Suzi Lawton (17) 34ptsDiv C (18+)1st Joe Tynan (29) 36pts2nd Andrew Makara (27) 36pts3rd Brian Maddox (21) 35pts PSC golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, April 25, Burapha B & D – StablefordThere was an ASEAN PGA Tour event coming up here on 5th May, so preparations were under way erecting the stands, scoreboards, TV towers etc.  About a dozen Outbackers were due to play in the Pro-Am on Weds 4th May and were hoping for one of the big name Pros to play with, either way and whoever they got drawn with, it promised to be a great day out. last_img read more

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Caddy anyone?

first_imgIPGC Golf from The HavenMonday, Jan 18, Greenwood A & B – StablefordCSS 721st Mike Dabanovich (12) 36pts2nd Alan Griffiths (13) 35pts 3rd Walter O’Keefe (13) 35pts4th Brian Beaupre (5) 34pts5th David Bowles (20) 32pts6th Phil Cass (16) 31ptsMike Dabanovich has been threatening to win ever since returning in the middle of December, as he has been hitting the ball further than this scribbler can point, but the final important shot to the green has been frustratingly eluding him.  However on this occasion, even though the course played well over the yardage on the card at almost 6500 yards and with the fairways very wet from recent unseasonal rains, he finished with two solid nines at level handicap to take the top step of the podium by a narrow margin.Mike Dabanovich.Mike was closely chased over the line by Alan Griffiths and Walter O’Keefe, with Alan winning a count back for second spot with a better 18 to 16.Brian Beaupre can always be relied upon for a solid round somewhere near his handicap and once again he was almost there in fourth place, having started a little too slowly but finishing strongly on one under gross for the last four holes.David Bowles took fifth just one ahead of Phil Cass in sixth.Brian Lewis had the solo ‘2’ in the second division to clear out the rollover pot whilst Mike Dabanovich and Brian Beaupre shared the first division pool.Wednesday, Jan. 20, Khao Kheow A & C (yellow tees) – StablefordCSS 721st Shuichi Kodaka (18) 37pts2nd Walter O’Keefe (13) 36pts3rd Phil Cass (16) 34pts4th Mark Cooper (13) 33pts5th Brian Beaupre (5) 32pts6th Graham Johnson (10) 31ptsHaving just hosted a major 2-day tournament the course was still in tip top condition with the greens especially good, being flat and reasonably fast and while the fairways still offered little run it was great value for money and promises to be a great test of golfing ability when the IPGC is held there at the beginning of February.Mike Remington.Shuichi Kodaka had the best of the day with a one under handicap return that owed much to his front nine, which in fact was the C course, in which he set the tone after making the turn at one better than handicap and then followed by a level back nine.  It was just sufficient to see him home ahead of Walter O’Keefe who racked up his second podium finish for the week at level par.Phil Cass took third after he had started well enough but then slipped badly through the last four holes, garnering just four points when a win was well within his sights standing on the fifteenth tee.Mark Cooper slipped into fourth place after he too had gone out well at level handicap but then failed to score on the seventeenth to take him out of contention for the day.Brian Beaupre claimed fifth spot one ahead of sixth placed Graham Johnson who is making a steady return to fitness and reasonable golf following his health issues that started here in Pattaya last year.There were no ‘2’s in the second division, but Brian Beaupre had one again and had to share once more this time with Walter O’Keefe in the first division.Friday, Jan. 15, Rayong C.C. – StablefordCSS 721st Mike Remington (14) 36pts2nd Walter O’Keefe (13) 35pts3rd Vincent Gras (18) 34pts4th Peter Skinner (10) 34pts5th Shuichi Kodaka (18) 32pts6th Mark Williams (7) 30ptsFor the second week running on a Friday there was a major disruption to the day’s competition at the Emerald in Ban Chang.  After arriving at the course some forty minutes early for a 10.30 tee time it was found that, notwithstanding that the booking had been made in October, there were six groups still awaiting to tee off, none of whom had caddies or carts as these had all been allocated to a late booking group of some 80/90 golfers from East Asia who also wanted to play 36 holes in the day.The continued lack of caddies during this high season could well signal a major change to the way golf is organised and financed in the in the Eastern Seaboard area as the lack of green fees in the low and shoulder season, April to December, obviously discourages caddies from taking up this type of employment as they can earn a regular and higher income in other work areas locally.  Surely the first local golf course to accept the situation and make a sensible decision will reap huge benefits in both members and green fees and enjoy the subsequent support of the many local golfing groups.Shuichi Kodaka.In the circumstances, the whole event needed to be switched to another course as there was absolutely no chance of getting away in the foreseeable future, so following a quick reorganisation the players drove off to Rayong Country Club where they started immediately on arrival.This course suffers from a lack of TLC but the Nick Faldo design still has a lot to offer, although the bunkers could do with the occasional running through with a plough to break up the compaction.  The rest is on a par with other courses of the same standard but at a considerably lower cost for those sharing a golf cart.Mike Remington took his first win with the group at level handicap, just one in front of Walter O’Keefe who was ‘Mr. Consistency’ for the week, taking his third podium placement in second place.Vincent Gras defied all predictions by consuming more bottles than there were holes and still managing to stagger up to the third step at the prize giving after winning a count back over Peter Skinner with a better 20 to 17.Shuichi Kodaka and Mark Williams rounded out the mentions in fifth and sixth places respectively.It having been a long time since any of the players had played the course it was not surprising that there were no ‘2’s from either of the divisions.Note: If you would like to play with The Haven group, you can contact 038 710 989 or call in to The Haven Hotel, 185 Soi 13, situated between Beach Road and 2nd Road.  All transportation to the course is arranged and you do not need to sign up prior to the day, but you should be there by 8.15 on a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on the days that you wish to play.  If you would like to leave your golf clubs at The Haven, there are usually lockers available at a nominal charge. A schedule of courses to be played can be found on our web site at www.thehaven-hotel.com.last_img read more

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