From Black Rock boy to world class cricketer
(Barbados Nation) SEYMOUR MacDONALD NURSE was born on November 10, 1933, at Jack-My-Nanny Gap, Black Rock, St Michael, in humble circumstances to his mother, a domestic, and his father, a carpenter.
He was the youngest of four children, two boys and two girls. He was educated at St Stephen’s Boys’ School where he excelled in both football and cricket.
He ultimately chose cricket after a severe leg injury ended his football career. He then heeded the advice of his father: “Stay in cricket and quit football; otherwise you are on your own.”
Nurse started his cricketing career like many Barbadian cricketers – in the Barbados Cricket League. He played for the Bay Street Boys’ Club, the same club where Sir Garfield Sobers played as a young man.
Nurse emerged as a heavy scorer in the Barbados Cricket League in the 1950s and moved to the famous Empire Cricket Club where his form and strokeplay blossomed.
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