Kaieteur News – The high successful relationship between the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club MS and the National Milling Company of Guyana (Namilco) on Monday last was expanded for another year as the company renewed its cricket sponsorship.
Namilco in 2019 came on board as the official sponsor of the RHTYSC Under-21 and First Division teams, replacing Gizmos and Gadgets. The renewed sponsorship is worth four hundred thousand dollars for the next twelve months.
Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster hailed the renewal of the sponsorship as another major development as the two teams prepare for the restart of the Berbice Cricket Board 2020 cricket season. The Secretary disclosed that the two teams had exceeded the expectations of the Club Management by performing outstanding on and off the cricket field over the last twelve months. The Under-21 team is waiting to play in the BCB Elizabeth Styles under-21 final, while the first division team won three cricket tournaments and have to date reached the semi finals of the BCB/Banks Beer two days tournament. The team won the BCB Busta Champion of Champion 40 overs, Ivan Madray 20/20 and the Sky Vokha 50 overs tournaments as it continued its domination of the game in Berbice.
Numerous of its players have gone on to play for Berbice, Guyana and the West Indies including Clinton Pestano, Kevin Sinclair, Kelvon Anderson, Jonathan Rampersaud, Mahendra Gopilall, Jeremy Sandia, Christopher Deroop, Matthew Pottaya, Nyron Hicks, Shemaine Campbelle, Sheneeta Grimmond and Shabaki Gajnabi, while Assad Fudadin played for Jamaica.
Off the cricket field, the Namilco Thunder Bolt teams were involved in over seventy community developmental programmes as part of their personal development project. They included a youth information booklet, Namilco Tribute to Law Enforcement Officers, Namilco Tribute to Medical Workers, Covid 19 Educational posters, DTV Mother of the year, Walter Nero Mother of the Year, Basil Butcher Trust Fund and Covid 19 hampers project. Additionally, the teams distributed millions of dollars worth of bicycles, educational materials, school bags, scorebooks, cricket gears, cricket balls and stumps to less fortunate youths and clubs in Berbice.
Foster also stated that the ten cricket teams of the club are currently preparing for the hosting of their largest every Christmas Charity programme.
Foster assured the company’s management that the RHTYSC appreciates their support and that the two teams would continue to represent the Namilco Thunderbolt Flour brand with pride, discipline and positive results on the cricket field.
Namilco Managing Director Bert Sukhai congratulated the club and the two teams on their outstanding performance and stated that the company was delighted that its faith was repaid. He urged the players to maintain a culture of discipline, hard work and dedication. He stated that Namilco is company that believes in excellence and expects nothing less. The Managing Director also expressed pleasure at the large amount of personal development programmes undertaken by the teams under the name of the sponsorship.
The Namilco Thunderbolt First Division team in 2021 would be led by Eon Hooper with Shawn Pereira as his vice captain, while Kelvon Anderson would lead the Under-21 team with Junior Sinclair as deputy. The team management would consist of Ravindranauth Kissonlall, Simon Naidu and Tyrone Pottaya. They have committed themselves to continue their dominance of Berbice cricket and also complete at least eighty programmes in the next twelve months.Foster after receiving the sponsorship cheque, handed over copies of a Covid 19 educational poster which the teams sponsored.