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Play a round with Boycott for $1,000

Bermuda Cricket Board are looking to raise around $7,000 by auctioning off three rounds of golf with former Yorkshire and England great Geoff Boycott.Boycott, an 11-handicap golfer, arrives on the Island later this month as part of the MCC touring party and has agreed to be part of the auction.In a letter sent out to various clubs and corporate sponsors, Neil Speight, the BCB’s chief executive, said the Board were hoping to use the proceeds from the auction to ‘to defray the costs of the tour’.“There are three rounds of golf at either Mid Ocean or Port Royal Golf Course,” wrote Speight. “Two of the rounds have two spots available at an offer price of $1,000 each. One round has three spots available at $1,000 each or all three at $2,500.“The BCB is excited to be able to extend this opportunity to you and we invite you to place an offer for this valuable event.”The MCC arrive in Bermuda on September 24 and will stay for two weeks, during which time they will play a series of one-day and Twenty20 day/night matches against Bermuda’s national team.Boycott, who will be the MCC’s ambassador on tour, visited Bermuda several times during his playing days and has already expressed his desire to play courses Port Royal, Mid Ocean and others during his visit.“When I was playing cricket I never played golf,” he said. “But now I do play golf and I want to sample some of the great golf courses you have there.”Port Royal Golf Course are already making plans for his arrival and Greg Maybury, the director of golf operations, said he was just waiting to finalise the details with Speight.“We told the BCB that we’re more than interested to get Geoff (Boycott) up to Port Royal and playing a bit,” said Maybury. ‘Whatever we can do to help with that is fine.“It will be wonderful to have him, and I’m just waiting for Neil (Speight) to get back to me with when, and how, this is exactly going to go down.”The BCB are holding a press conference tomorrow morning where they are expected to announce the schedule for the tour and unveil their squad to take on an MCC side that includes the likes of South Africa wicketkeeper Nic Pothas and Somerset’s Nick Compton.n Anyone interested in placing a bid for the auction should contact Fiona Holmes at the BCB on 292-8958, or via e-mail at FHolmes[AT]cricket.bm