Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 8th 2013 Contents at Kensington Oval was Nurse.
Additionally pleasant was that
liaison officer for West Indies in
Barbados back then was Charlie
Also, Kensington Oval pitch,
circa 1977, was noted to be the
best cricket pitch in the world
Seymour had done a masterful
job as head ground curator.
In my cricket and life, that all-
encompassing respect for these
Anyway, in a time when West
Indies had only one home or away
Test series per year, Nurse played
only 29 Tests, 2,523 runs, two
double centuries, four additional
centuries, average 47.60. Overall,
141 first class matches---9,489
runs, average 43.93.
By today s standards, he is near-
ly genius. In 1968/9, he was con-
sidered that too, a classical batting
I first saw Nurse bat at Bourda
in 1968, opening with Stephen
Camacho for WI against England
in the fifth Test, a game WI had
to win to draw that series.
That Nurse opened batting at
all is exactly about his greatness,
flexibility and adaptability as a
batsman, since West Indies mid-
dle order included Rohan Kanhai,
Sir Garfield Sobers, Clive Lloyd
and Basil Butcher.
Nurse needed to find his niche,
as he had batted from No. 6 up
to No. 1.
His first ball received, second
innings, 1968 Test, a bouncer from
that tremendous fast bowler, John
Snow, was top-edged, from a
slow-reaction hook shoot, into
Regent Street for six!
Nurse was eventually out for
49, lbw, to Snow. England drew
that game, 206-9 chasing 308,
to win but winning that series 2-
1. With middling scores of 25, 16,
22, 74, 03, 17, 05, 40, 09, 137 in
five Tests against Australia 1968/9,
Nurse decided, knowing that this
was his last international tour;
quitting for personal, family and
business reasons; to produce his
best in the accompanying tour to
His scores for three Tests, with
the series drawn 1-1: 95, 168, 21,
16, 258, the last his best Test score
Unlike present-day West Indies,
whose coach Ottis Gibson and
main wicketkeeper Denesh
Ramdin have complained about
geographical and temperature
changes of moving from the heat
of India to the cold of New
Zealand, Nurse had no such prob-
lem moving from even hotter
Australia to New Zealand.
Sometimes you have to wonder
who is really representing West
Indies these days at cricket. As
shown by Nurse and others, inter-
national cricket tours is about
adaptation and resilience.
Former West Indies captains,
opener Desmond Haynes and
middle-order batsman Hooper,
have been likened to Nurse as
batsmen. Haynes admitted that
he patterned his style after Sey-
But if you combined Haynes
achieved excellence and Hooper s
underwhelming returns, given his
ease of batsmanship, they could
not compare to Seymour Mc Don-
ald Nurse, a real class act! Enjoy!
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With West Indies trying hard to
regain semblance and respect at being
Test cricketers in New Zealand, after
that debilitating thrashing received
in India in its last two Tests, thoughts
might wander to that distant, tumul-
tuous tour by West Indies to NZ
At least, Darren Bravo is doing his
After West Indies, including me,
defeated Australia for the first time
ever in Australia, we then proceeded
What a tour that turned out to be.
Expect reflections on that 1979/80
But this is about a West Indies bat-
ting icon who performed brilliantly
on another such tour to NZ, in 1968/9,
a year before I had even played youth
cricket for Guyana.
Seymour McDonald Nurse has just
achieved another massive milestone,
celebrating his 80th birthday on
November 10. That tour to New
Zealand 1968/9 was his last.
Batsmen Nurse and (Sir) Everton
Weekes and fast bowler Charlie Griffith
were and still are, my most favourite
cricketers of all time. I had come, as
a ten year old, to fully appreciate inter-
national cricket generally, West Indies
cricket specifically, with West Indies
tour to England 1963.
I liked Grif s outright aggression as
a fast bowler and Nursey s poise and
Having never seen Sir Everton bat
"live," his always positive persona,
unbelievable historical statistics and
sharing of a name, have made him my
So, no one would ever understand
my great pleasure and fortune when,
for my Test debut versus Pakistan
1976/7 in Barbados, the person over-
seeing preparations of pitch and ground
A real class act and scourge of NZ
COLIN EH CROFT
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