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T&T Cricket Boss Salutes Shot-maker Seymour Nurse

THE Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board has extended condolences on the passing of  legendary Barbados and West Indies cricketer Seymour Nurse who died on Monday at the Queen’s Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown after ailing for some time. President of the TTCB Azim Bassarath said on Tuesday that regional cricket had lost one of its icons […]

THE Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board has extended condolences on the passing of  legendary Barbados and West Indies cricketer Seymour Nurse who died on Monday at the Queen’s Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown after ailing for some time.

President of the TTCB Azim Bassarath said on Tuesday that regional cricket had lost one of its icons who represented the true spirit of West Indies cricket. “Seymour Nurse was natural stroke-player who believed that the cricket ball should be hit and was one of the earliest batting stars to emerge from the Caribbean in a spectacular fashion,” he said.

Bassarath said that the passing of Nurse had left a void in West Indies cricket which will be had to fill but that he had left indelible memories of a fearless warrior who was not afraid to take the attack to opposing bowers.

He said that apart from his prowess on the cricket field when he struck terror in the minds of opponents, Nurse conducted himself like a gentleman off the field and was a worthy ambassador of Barbados and West indies cricket.

Bassarath agreed that Nurse was part of the great Barbados talent pool that emerged after the end of the Second World War and played a significant role in the 29 Tests he played for the West indies. Seymour Nurse was magnificent stroke player par excellence,” Bassarath said.

The TTCB chief noted that the powerfully built right-hand batter was aggressive, bordering on  impetuous, and an accomplished shot-maker who preferred to bat in the middle-order but was often asked to open the innings.

A relative latecomer to high-level cricket, Nurse’s Test cricket career came to what many consider a premature end in 1969 when he retired at the peak of his powers, having just dominated the New Zealand bowlers in a three-Test series.

His last Test score of 258 is still the highest score by a cricketer in his final innings.

A member of the famous Empire Cricket Club, Nurse’s cricketing mentor was club-mate Everton Weekes and made his First Class debut for Barbados in 1958.

The following year he slammed a double-century for Barbados against the touring English and quickly found himself called up for Test duties with the West Indies.

Over the next five years, Nurse struggled to establish himself as a permanent fixture in the West Indies team. It was not until WI toured England in 1966 that Nurse was able to perform consistently at international level.

Nurse continued to play at club level and for Barbados for some years. He would later manage and coach the Barbados team and was the head coach of the Barbados National Sports Council. He was also Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1967.

The affable Nurse was arguably one of the best and most attractive batsmen in world cricket in the 1960s.

Wristy and artistic with wonderful discipline and powers of concentration, Nurse scored 2,523 runs and averaged 47.6 with six hundreds in just 29 Tests.

A long-standing Government cricket coach and also served as a Barbados cricket selector. Up until a decade ago, he freely shared tips about the art of batting to many of the present-day players at practice sessions before he was hospitalized.

He will be remembered for playing at the Oval during England’s 1967-68 tour, after making 41 and 42 in the First Test in Port-of-Spain, Nurse was pushed down the batting order for the Second Test at the same venue

Nurse—battingat No 3—shared a partnership of 273 with Rohan Kanhai that put the West Indies in a winning position but a controversial declaration by West Indian captain Gary Sobers helped England to a win by seven wickets and take the series one-nil.

A relative latecomer to high-level cricket, Nurse’s Test cricket career came to what many consider a premature end in 1969 when he retired at the peak of his powers, having just dominated the New Zealand bowlers in a three-Test series.

His last Test score of 258 is still the highest score by a cricketer in his final innings.

A member of the famous Empire Cricket Club, Nurse’s cricketing mentor was club-mate Everton Weekes and made his First Class debut for Barbados in 1958.

The following year he slammed a double-century for Barbados against the touring English and quickly found himself called up for Test duties with the West Indies.

Over the next five years, Nurse struggled to establish himself as a permanent fixture in the West Indies team. It was not until WI toured England in 1966 that Nurse was able to perform consistently at international level.

Nurse continued to play at club level and for Barbados for some years. He would later manage and coach the Barbados team and was the head coach of the Barbados National Sports Council. He was also Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1967.

The affable Nurse was arguably one of the best and most attractive batsmen in world cricket in the 1960s.

Wristy and artistic with wonderful discipline and powers of concentration, Nurse scored 2,523 runs and averaged 47.6 with six hundreds in just 29 Tests.

A long-standing Government cricket coach and also served as a Barbados cricket selector. Up until a decade ago, he freely shared tips about the art of batting to many of the present-day players at practice sessions before he was hospitalized.

A relative latecomer to high-level cricket, Nurse’s Test cricket career came to what many consider a premature end in 1969 when he retired at the peak of his powers, having just dominated the New Zealand bowlers in a three-Test series.

His last Test score of 258 is still the highest score by a cricketer in his final innings.

A member of the famous Empire Cricket Club, Nurse’s cricketing mentor was club-mate Everton Weekes and made his First Class debut for Barbados in 1958.

The following year he slammed a double-century for Barbados against the touring English and quickly found himself called up for Test duties with the West Indies.

But over the next five years, Nurse struggled to establish himself as a permanent fixture in the West Indies team. It was not until WI toured England in 1966 that Nurse was able to perform consistently at international level.

He was adjudged Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1967, regarded as the most prestigious award in world cricket.

Nurse continued to play at club level and for Barbados for some years. He would later manage and coach the Barbados team and was the head coach of the Barbados National Sports Council.

The affable cricketer was arguably one of the best and most attractive batsmen in world cricket in the 1960s.

Wristy and artistic with wonderful discipline and powers of concentration, Nurse scored 2,523 runs and averaged 47.6 with six hundreds in just 29 Tests.

A long-standing Government cricket coach and also served as a Barbados cricket selector. Up until a decade ago, he freely shared tips about the art of batting to many of the present-day players at practice sessions before he was hospitalized.

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