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A WELL-PACED half-century from opener Parmesh Parsatam and an equally responsible 37 from his partner Navindra Persaud guided Imam Bacchus Cricket Club to a comfortable eight-wicket win over the NAMILCO Thunderbolt Team when the NAMILCO 50th Anniversary Sports programme, Essequibo leg, came off last Sunday at the Imam Bacchus ground, Columbia, in the Cinderella County of Essequibo.A colourful crowd including well over 50 NAMILCO staff members, host Sam Baksh of the famous Imam Bacchus & Sons – host of the day’s proceedings – along with NAMILCO’s Fitzroy McLeod (Finance Director) and Atomaram Lakeram (Personal Assistant to Managing Director Bert Sukhai), all soaked up an absorbing day of action in very sunny conditions.The programme, which had been pushed back for a few weeks owing to the prolonged rainy season, was well received by the participants and dozens of spectators.After winning the toss and deciding to take first strike, NAMILCO Thunderbolt Team started well, but were kept in check by some steady bowling from the home team. Opener Travis Persaud looked the part in his innings of 38 off 26 balls decorated with eight (8) fours, timing the ball well as he set the foundation for their eventual total of 117-5.Imam Bacchus & Sons CC team captain collects anniversary trophy and cash from NAMILCO’s Fitzroy McLeod and Atomaram Lakeram.But once Persaud succumbed to the Imam Bacchus bowling attack, his teammates were not able to get the better of the pace and spin attack even though they got starts. Sudesh Persaud was left unbeaten on 18 when the overs ran out.Support came from Abdool Razzak (17) and Daniel Basdeo who was left not out on 12. N. Cadogan and K. Persaud were the pick of the Imam Bacchus bowlers with two for 12 and 13 runs, respectively.Needing to score 118 to win off their 20 overs, Imam Bacchus CC were very businesslike in their approach, led by openers Parmesh Parsatam and Navindra Persaud. The duo blasted the ball to all parts of the ground as neither of the NAMILCO Thunderbolt Team bowlers escaped the willow.Parsatam hit the boundary ropes on eight occasions in his match-winning 51 before he fell. And even though his opening partner, Navindra Persaud went back for 37, the foundation for victory was already laid for the winning prize of $50 000.Formalising the win were Yogeshwar Lall and Latchman Rohit who were left unbeaten on 16 and 13 respectively when the win was achieved. For their efforts, NAMILCO Thunderbolt Team collected $10 000; both teams were presented with trophies.During brief opening and closing ceremonies, host Sam Baksh expressed delight at being able to host the programme for the NAMILCO 50th Anniversary celebrations. He said that Imam Bacchus & Sons was more than elated to welcome Executive and Staff of the National Milling Company of Guyana.McLeod, in his remarks, stated that Imam Bacchus & Sons has been a faithful partner of NAMILCO from the time it started business in Guyana and the company thought it fitting to host such a programme there.Sincere gratitude on behalf of Managing Director Bert Sukhai – who was unavoidably absent – was extended to Mr Baksh, Imam Bacchus & Sons, players, staff members and fans by Sukhai’s Personal Assistant, Lakeram.He stated that the company was more than happy to give back to the community as they celebrate this milestone. A similar programme was held in the Ancient County of Berbice in May of this year.NAMILCO is also the title sponsor of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) national Intra Association Under-17 League which involves all nine (9) Regional Members Associations. The two entities inked a five-year deal back in 2016.NAMILCO was the first company in Guyana to sign a multi-year partnership deal with the federation.
Tyson Fury believes Anthony Joshua is “finished” after he was sensationally dethroned by Andy Ruiz Jr. in New York.Joshua was stopped in the seventh round by Ruiz at Madison Square Garden on June 1 after being knocked down four times by the unfancied challenger. The Brit is set to get the opportunity to reclaim his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles in a rematch with Ruiz, but Fury thinks his compatriot’s best days are behind him.MORE: Watch behind-the-scenes footage of Ruiz’s win over Joshua on DAZN”When a man doesn’t want to be there once, he will always do it and it’s hard to come back from,” the former heavyweight champion, who will face Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas on Saturday, told BBC Sport. “He did it that night and I don’t think he will come back from it. Finished.”Ask any top trainer who has been around the sport a lifetime. When he got to the ring I saw he didn’t want to be there.”Everybody thought that man could beat me. In what world could he ever beat me? What were people seeing? I don’t know what people were looking at as I don’t know in what world he could have beaten me.” Riding the wave pic.twitter.com/lUD0Si9gv3— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) June 8, 2019Fury added: “Physically Joshua could out-train everyone. He would break every heart monitor, has probably worn out every treadmill in the gym, smashes the bag, it’s all very unimportant.”Boxing isn’t rocket science and today people are trying to make it a scientist thing. If you can fight, you can fight, if you can’t, you can forget about it. You can eat every protein bar in the world, when you get banged on the chin and panic, it don’t really help you much.”People who don’t understand boxing look at a fat man and think he can’t fight. The best feeling I got from it was the two best-conditioned fighters in the last 20 years have been [Wladimir] Klitschko and Joshua and they both got done by two fat men.”