NY Mayor's Cup
Nurse Slams Record Double Century
By S. Ali
The in-form opener Martin Nurse will be celebrating his 24th birthday
in a few days with a ton of runs on his cake as he struck a belligerent
double century for Inspire Sports Wanderers to become the first
batsman in the last three decades to score two double centuries
in the Barbados Cricket Association Division 1 championship and
further staking a strong claim for a spot in the Barbadian national
Nurse who plays with Cosmos.
Playing on his home turf
at Dayrells Road, Nurse slammed an unbeaten 209 against title holders
BNB St. Catherine on the first day of third round matches. The left-hander
Nurse blasted 23 fours and 12 sixes in an innings which lasted 225
minutes off only 159 balls. He raced to his century in just 134
minutes off 99 balls with 11 fours and five sixes before attaining
the double as Wanderers declared their first innings at 308 for
four off 52.4 overs after they were sent in. By the close, St. Catherine
were 62 without loss.
Nurse’s other double-century was in 2003 when he hit 213 for
Combined Schools against BCL at Lester Vaughan, Cane Garden, in
the opening round. He ended that season with 798 runs at an average
Nurse’s breath-taking innings was his sixth Division 1 century
after making his debut as a 15-year-old in 2000 for Combined Schools
(now called Barbados Youth) against Spartan at Queen's Park as a
student of Deighton Griffith. He would mark his debut with a fighting
century (103) in the second innings.
Nurse’s double-hundred was his second for this season in the
Division 1 championship, following an equally belligerent 179 off
Caribbean Lumber YMPC at Beckles Road in the second round of matches.
In his only innings in the Sagicor Super Cup championship this season,
Nurse smashed an unbeaten 115 against Super Centre Spartan at Queen’s
Park in Round 2.
Nurse has extended his tremendous form after finishing as the runner-up
in runs and averages in New York’s premier Metropolitan Cricket
League division I with 2008 champions Cosmos. Cosmos manager Shadi
Khan who recognized Nurse’s talent early on, prompting his
stint with the New York-based club, and intent on increasing Nurse’s
profile with the Barbadian national selectors subsequently orchestrated
a move for the all-rounder to Clarke Road United of Trinidad for
the 2009 season following Clarke Road's tour of New York in 2008.
The move appears to be reaping immediate dividends as Nurse returned
to Barbados from his Trinidadian stint with a wealth of experience
and seemingly a new found appreciation for the finer points of the
game. His decision to remain in Barbados for the 2009 season is
also proving to be worthwhile as he continues to forcibly announce
his presence to the Barbadian national selectors. To that end history
may be on Nurse’s side as only nine double-centuries have
been scored in the BCA Division 1 championship in the last 30 years.
More importantly, all of the batsmen who have achieved the feat
have played cricket at the first-class level.
One might expect that the boys of Cosmos will be glued on his performance
for the rest of the 2009 season and to see if the Barbadian selectors
take due notice.
The following is the list of batsmen who have scored double-centuries
in the last three decades of the BCA First division championship:
1981 - Shane Julien (Wanderers) 200 not out v BCL at Dayrells Road.
1982 - Terry Hunte (YMPC) 202 not out v Combined Schools at Beckles
1988 – Thelston Payne (St. Catherine) 203 not out v Banks
1997 - Floyd Reifer (BET) 265 not out v Banks at Wildey.
2002 – Ahmed Proverbs (St. Catherine) 210 v BDFSP at Brereton.
2003 – Martin Nurse (Combined Schools) 213 v BCL at Lester
Vaughan, Cane Garden.
2004 – Ryan Hinds (Empire) 201 not out v Spartan at Bank Hall.
2005 – Alcindo Holder (Empire) 202 not out v St. Catherine
2009 – Martin Nurse (Wanderers) 209 not out v St. Catherine
at Dayrells Road.
Source - www.bcacricket.org ; Keith Holder and Carl Bennett also
contributed to this article.