Recently deceased West Indies cricketer, Seymour Nurse will receive an official funeral from his birth nation Barbados on Friday, at the Kensington Oval.

Nurse, who passed away at the age of 85 last week, represented the regional team between 1960 and 1969.  The Barbadian played 29 Tests for the West Indies, scoring 2,523 runs at an average of 47.60 with six centuries and 10 half-centuries and formed part of a strong West Indies middle order for the Caribbean side.

The batsman’s contributions continued long after he left the pitch as he went on to serve as a mentor and coach to many great West Indies players and was also an administrator and selector.  Nurse’s body will lie in repose at Empire Club, Pavilion Road, St Michael, on Wednesday, May 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. and at Cricket Legends of Barbados, Fontabelle, St Michael, on Thursday, May 16, from 4 to 6 p.m.

 

 

Windies skipper Jason Holder has hailed the impact of top opening batsman Chris Gayle who cracked 135 in a losing effort against England on Monday.

On a placid Kensington Oval pitch that suited the batsmen, the 39-year-old left-hander cracked an astounding 12 sixes and four 4s enroute to his 135 off 129 balls.  The effort was, however, somewhat in vain as England cruised to a six-wicket win on the back of centuries from Jason Roy (123) and Joe Root (102).  The result saw England move ahead 1-0 in the five-test One Day International series.

“Credit to our batters I thought we played exceptionally well on what was a really good pitch, one of the best I have seen at Kensington Oval for a while. I thought Chris played a really good innings. He took a bit of time upfront, got himself set and then put pressure back on the spinners in the middle and forced Eoin Morgan to bring back the seamers back a bit earlier. I felt he held the innings together and gave other batters a chance to express themselves,” Holder said.

“England played well to chase down our target. We’re now 1-0 down so we know we have to bounce back on Friday and look to make it 1-1 before we head off to Grenada.”

The teams will play the second ODI at the same venue tomorrow.

Windies assistant coach Toby Radford insists the team remains underdogs despite a massive 381-run win over England in the first Test at Kensington Oval.

Heading into the three-match series four places below number three-ranked England in the ICC Test rankings, few expected the Windies to compete let alone deliver a crushing blow to the Englishmen.  However, sensational bowling from pacer Kemar Roach and a double century from captain Jason Holder eventually floored the visitors.

Despite the massive win, however, Windies assistant Radford insists the team is intent on keeping the heavy underdogs tag heading into the second match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Thursday.

“We are still the underdogs,” Radford insisted.

“We are playing one of the best sides in the world and if you look at the world rankings we are quite a long way down. England were on quite a good run until last week but we have a lot of good performers and you can’t take us lightly,” he added.

“We maybe didn’t get the credit but that doesn’t matter, we’ve got to go and do it all again.”

 

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