Tuesday 20 August, 2019

Barbados PM remembers cricket icon Seymour Nurse

Seymour Nurse, the former Barbadian and West Indian cricketer died on Monday at the age of 85, after a long illness.

Seymour Nurse, the former Barbadian and West Indian cricketer died on Monday at the age of 85, after a long illness.

The tributes continue to flow for Seymour Nurse, the former Barbadian and West Indian cricketer who died on Monday after a long illness.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley said in a statement released through the Barbados Government Information Service, said the 85-year-old made a name for himself, his country and the whole Caribbean back in the 1960s, "as a batsman of immense class on the West Indies Cricket team".

“He would have in more recent times endeared himself to countless younger Barbadians through his work as a cricket coach. Time’s journey, being what it is, not one child he coached as he visited schools around the country as an employee of the National Sports Council, would have had the opportunity to see him execute any of the exquisite batting shots for which he became a legend while wearing the West Indies cap.

“However, the life lessons he imparted to them while wearing his coach’s hat for so many years, I am sure would have positively impacted countless young minds on and off the field — and no doubt will continue to live on, even after his death,” she noted as she expressed condolences to Nurse’s family and the Empire Cricket Club family, which for decades was his second home.

Nurse played 29 Tests between 1960 and 1969.  The middle-order batsman made his Test debut against England in 1960 and in 1966, during the West Indies tour of England he established himself in the side.

In that series, he scored 501 runs in five Tests, including four fifties and a hundred. Following this performance, he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1967.

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