Next year will be a major one for one of the legends of Barbados and West Indies cricket, Seymour Nurse.
The Barbados Cricket Association, in recognition of Nurse’s immense contribution to the sport locally, regionally and internationally, has planned a year of activities to celebrate his role as a player, administrator and coach.
The BCA launched the activities last month and they will continue until November 2013.Last month the cricketing fraternity of Trinidad and Tobago hosted a dinner at Queen’s Park Oval in his honour and it was attended by a number of regional cricketing personalities and officials.
On the cards for next year is a dinner at the Crane Resort; the publication of a souvenir booklet highlighting Nurse in his roles not only as an international cricketer, but also his involvement in football and as a family man.
A golf tournament at Sandy Lane Golf Club is also planned for April and the Empire Cricket Club which Nurse served with distinction will also honour him. The elegant middle-order batsman actually started his cricket in the Barbados Cricket League before moving to the Empire Club.
Born in Black Rock, St. Michael in 1933, Nurse made his Test debut against England at Kingston in 1960 scoring an attractive half-century and went on to play 29 Tests, scoring 2 523 runs at an average of 47.60 with six centuries and 10 fifties. He ended his Test career in 1969 with 258 against New Zealand at Christchurch.
Nurse had a 141 first-class matches, scoring 9,489 at an average of 43.93 with 26 centuries and 40 fifties.
Nurse personified elegance in his heyday and was especially strong off his legs. He was also an excellent close-to-the wicket fielder.Nurse had a brilliant 1966 tour of England, passing 50 five times in as many Tests, including a majestic 137 at Headingley and 93 at Trent Bridge in difficult circumstances. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1967.In retirement he has made himself available to a host of young cricketers, assisting them with improving their skills.††