Saturday, April 20, 2024

Seymour Nurse passes

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THE cricket fraternity was thrown into mourning today when legendary Barbados and West Indies cricketer Seymour Nurse died at the Queen’s Elizabeth Hospital after ailing for a long period.

The affable Nurse, 85, 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 at the National Sports Council, he also served as a Barbados cricket selector and a coach.

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 hospitalised.

One of the first to break the news was another former Barbados and West Indies legend, Desmond Haynes.

“My coach, my mentor. We all from the Holders Hill area love this man. We used to walk like Seymour, bat like him and try to talk like him. Thanks for everything you have done for me.  May he Rest In Peace and rise in glory,” Haynes posted on his Facebook page.

Nurse leaves to mourn twin daughters Roseanne and Cherylanne Nurse. (EZS)

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