BCA-Top 40: Lifelines - Martin Nurse and Anderson Sealy

Bridgetown, Barbados, May 28 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Following are Lifelines of the two outstanding players in the 2003 BCA First division Championship - Martin Nurse of Combined Schools and Banks’ Anderson Sealy.

Opening batsman Nurse, a big, bold and brash 18-year-old, became the first schoolboy in 34 years to slam a double-century en route to a season-high aggregate of 798, at the impressive average of 53.20 in only nine matches.

That memorable knock of 213 came on the very first day of the season against Barbados Cricket League (BCL) in a total of 350 for eight declared off only 59 overs after his side lost the toss at the Lester Vaughan School ground, Cane Garden, in the central parish of St. Thomas.

The Schools went on to triumph by an innings and 80 runs - their only victory of the season.

Nurse was also the Barbados Under-19 team captain that season, forcing him to miss the fifth and sixth round matches against Maple and YMPC after he had raced to 542 runs (ave: 90.33) in the first four rounds with scores of 213 v BCL; 83 and 58 v Banks; 85 v St. Catherine; and 44 and 59 v Spartan.

And after he returned from the regional Youth Tournament in Guyana, he made 0 and 96 against Pickwick in Series 7, before missing the next two matches against Police and Cable & Wireless.

His other scores in sequence were: 13 v Wanderers; 2 and 28 v Empire; 43 and 62 v Carlton and 0 and 12 v BDFSP.

The 21-year-old Sealy, tutored by the highest ever BCA top league wicket-taker in Winston Reid, soared to a new record of 98 wickets in the 14-team Championship, then into its third straight year of two-day matches played on covered pitches on consecutive days.

To boot, Sealy, the son of the outstanding former Barbados netballer, Marva Sealy (nee Harris), held the most catches overall (17) in his unforgettable season.

The fact that it was Reid’s record of 92 scalps, set in 2000, which Sealy eclipsed made it even more touching.

In what had become a customary “hogging” of the ball by Sealy and Reid since the turn of the century, Sealy sent down a new season record of 516.1 overs and averaged 18.86 per wicket including a record-equalling nine five-fors and three ten-wicket match hauls.

Reid was just behind him in the number of overs - 511.1 including an amazing 160 maidens (doubled Anderson Sealy’s), while grabbing 80 wickets (ave: 13.91).

Nurse and Sealy  were featured in Lifelines of the 2003 Barbados Fire & Commercial Cup & Shield magazine.

(See also: EXCLUSIVE: BCA Top 40: 2003 - Anderson Sealy soars to record 98 wickets, schoolboy Martin Nurse slams double ton in 798 runs).

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LIFELINES – MARTIN NURSE

FULL NAME: Martin Andre Nurse

BIRTHDATE: June 11, 1985.

RESIDENCE: Durants, Christ Church.

TEAMS: Deighton Griffith Secondary, Lodge, CHIC Schools South, CHIC Combined Schools, Barbados Under-19, Barbados, West Indies ‘B’.

EDUCATION (Primary & Secondary Schools): Christ Church Boys’, Deighton Griffith, Lodge.

TYPE OF CRICKETER: Left-hand batsman, right-arm medium-pace bowler.

MOST MEMORABLE DAY’S CRICKET: Scoring a double-century (213) against the BCL at Lester Vaughan (Cane Garden) in the first round of the 2003 BCA First division Championship.

WORST DAY’S CRICKET: Second first-class match for Barbados against Jamaica at Sabina Park, Kingston (2002). I was dismissed without scoring in the second over. (Later, I got injured and also failed to score in the second innings).

CRICKETING AMBITION: To have a long time in West Indies cricket.

GREATEST INFLUENCES: Dexter Toppin (coach of Combined Schools), Mark Nurse (my older brother).

FAVOURITE CRICKETERS: Brian Lara, Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist.

YOUNG CRICKETERS FOR THE FUTURE: Shamarh Brooks, Mark Edghill, Jed Yearwood.

MAIN COMPLAINT ABOUT CRICKET: Too much is played nowadays. 

FAVOURITE GROUND: Lodge ‘A’, (Society).

LEAST FAVOURITE GROUND: Paragon.

HOBBIES, INTERESTS: Listening to music, playing cricket.

FAVOURITE SPORTSPERSON OUTSIDE OF CRICKET: Renaldo.

FAVOURITE FILM: -.

FAVOURITE ACTOR OR ACTRESS: -.

MUSIC I ENJOY: Dub, Reggae. 

FAVOURITE ARTISTES: -.

FAVOURITE FOODS: Fish and mashed potatoes.

FAVOURITE CLOTHING: Ralph Lauren.

FAVOURITE CAR: Lexus jeep.

MOTTO IN LIFE: Never give up on your dream.

Extras: Captain of Combined Schools for 2003 and Barbados under-19 team, 2003. Scored the most runs in 2001 and 2003 BCA First division Championship. (See Fact File).

FACT FILE

First-class debut: Barbados v Windward Islands at Kensington Oval, 2002 (Second round).

Batting: 6-12-0-128-55-10.66-0-1.

BCA FIRST DIVISION

Debut: Schools South v Spartan at Queen’s Park, 2000 (4th series).

BATTING

Year          M    I    NO    R      HS     Ave   100s 50s Catches

2000         9   15     1   251   103   17.92    1      0     4

2001       13   20     0   737   145   36.85    1      4     2

2002       12   21     0   543     70   25.85    0      2     3

2003         9   15     0   798   213   53.20    1      6     3

TOTAL      43  71     1  2329   213  33.27     3    12    12

CENTURIES:

103 (2nd Innings) v Spartan at Queen’s Park, 2000 (4th series).

145 (2nd Innings) v YMPC at Lodge ‘A’, Society, 2001 (3rd series).

213 (Ist Innings) v BCL at Lester Vaughan, Cane Garden, 2003 (Ist series).

NB: Scored most runs overall in 2001 and 2003.

BOWLING

Year           O    M     R    W    Ave      BB     5W  10W

2000           -     -      -     -      -         -        -       -

2001          8     1     38    0     -         -        -       -

2002        14     2     51    1    51.00   1-36   -       -

2003        54     5    272   8    34.00   2-36   -       -

TOTAL      76     8    361   9    40.11   2-36    -       -

Compiled by Keith Holder

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LIFELINES - ANDERSON SEALY

FULL NAME: Anderson Wendle Leandro Sealy

BIRTHDATE: July 10, 1982

RESIDENCE: Prior Park, St. James

TEAMS: Lodge, Banks, Barbados Under-19 (2000), West Indies ‘B’

EDUCATION (Primary & Secondary Schools): Erdiston and Lodge

TYPE OF CRICKETER: Right-hand batsman, left-arm orthodox spin bowler

MOST MEMORABLE DAY’S CRICKET: Fourth and final day - West Indies ‘B’ v Bangladesh ‘A’ in St. Kitts, 2002 (took nine wickets in the match including four in the second innings and the very last wicket off the very last ball of the match).

WORST DAY’S CRICKET: Fourth and final day - West Indies ‘B’ v Guyana at Bourda, 2002 Busta Cup (the thumb on my right hand was broken).

CRICKETING AMBITION: To become a professional cricketer.

GREATEST INFLUENCES: Winston Reid, David Sealy (Love for the game and criticism).

FAVOURITE CRICKETERS: Corey Collymore, Michael Bevan.

YOUNG CRICKETERS FOR THE FUTURE: Shamarh Brooks, Jonathan Carter.

MAIN COMPLAINT ABOUT CRICKET: BCA First division matches are too short. They should be played over three days.

FAVOURITE GROUND: The Brewery.

LEAST FAVOURITE GROUND: Beckles Road.

HOBBIES, INTERESTS: Playing cricket, driving, liming.

FAVOURITE SPORTSPERSON OUTSIDE OF CRICKET: David Beckham.

FAVOURITE FILM: The story of Steve Prefonte.

FAVOURITE ACTOR OR ACTRESS: Jim Carey, Halle Berry.

MUSIC I ENJOY: Reggae.

FAVOURITE ARTISTES: Anthony B.

FAVOURITE FOODS: Macaroni pie.

FAVOURITE CLOTHING: Jeans, T-shirt.

FAVOURITE CAR: BMW X5.

MOTTO IN LIFE: Never give up.

Extras: Established a new record for the most wickets in a BCA First division season when he took 98 for Banks in 2003. (Previous record of 92 was held by team-mate and captain Winston Reid in 2000). Brother of David Sealy (also Banks) and son of former Barbados netball star Marva Sealy (nee Harris) and banker Wendle Sealy.

FACT FILE

First-class debut: West Indies ‘B’ v Bangladesh ‘A’, Edgar Gilbert Sporting Complex, Molyneau, St. Kitts, 2002 (Busta Cup).

BATTING

M        I      NO     R     HS    Ave     100   50 Catches

6       11      5    108    57*  18.00     0     1     1

BOWLING

O        M       R      W      Ave      BB     5W  10W

217    39    631    19     33.21    5-79    1      0

BCA FIRST DIVISION

Debut: 1998 for Combined Schools South v Combined Schools North at Foundation, Church Hill. NB: Has represented Banks since 1999.

BATTING

Year        M     I      NO     R     HS      Ave   100   50    Catches

1998        2     3       1     13      6*    6.50      0     0       0

1999       13   17      3    143     27*  10.21     0     0       7

2000       11   15      4      98     25    8.90       0     0     12

2001       13   13      2      66     23    6.00       0     0     14

2002       13   15      2    198     46   15.23      0      0    18

2003       13   15      3     227    44   18.92      0      0    17

TOTAL      65   78    15    745    46   11.82       0     0     68

BOWLING

Year           O      M      R        W      Ave         BB      5W       10W

1998       18.4     4     55       1       55.00      1-17     0          0

1999      165      25   499      37     13.48      9-52      2          1

2000      221      28   809      58     21.28      7-82      2          0

2001      364.3   64   1222    73     16.73       8-84      6         3

2002      399.2   64   1471    79     18.62       8-85      6         2

2003     516.1    80   1849    98     18.86       8-115    9         3

TOTAL   1684.4  265  5905   346    17.06       9-52     25        9

NB: Established a new record for the most wickets (98) in a season in 2003. Also bowled the most overs and conceded the most runs during the season.

Best figures (9-52) v Schools South (2nd innings) at The Brewery (11th series), 1999.

Compiled by Keith Holder



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