Inside the First Division
with Keith Holder
Date Published: 2009-07-05
Martin Nurse emulates Ahmed Proverbs as fastest to 500 runs in BCA Div. 1 season
July 5 (www.bcacricket.org) - Pugnacious opening batsman Martin Nurse of Inspire Sports Wanderers has again put his name in the modern day record books of the BCA Division 1 championship.
On reaching 500 runs in just five innings as he raced to his third century of the season on the third and final day of fourth round matches in the Caribbean Alliance Insurance sponsored championship against ESA Field Pickwick at Dayrells Road on Saturday, July 4, left-hander Nurse became the first batsman since former Barbados player Ahmed Proverbs seven years ago to attain the coveted feat in such quick time.
The 24-year-old Nurse hit 124 not out to carry his aggregate for the season to 608 at the phenomenal average of 202.67. His scores in sequence after playing his first match from the second round are 179 v Caribbean Lumber YMPC; 209 not out and 48 v BNB St. Catherine; and 48 and 124 not out v Pickwick.
Representing St. Catherine in 2002, Proverbs did not start the season before the third round and in his first five innings, he reeled off scores of 155 and 102 not out v Spartan, 210 and four v BDFSP and 66 v Maple for an aggregate of 537 at an average of 134.25.
Proverbs went on to establish a new record for the most runs in a season – 957 from 18 innings, including one not out (ave: 56.29) including four centuries and three half-centuries in ten matches.
Last month, Nurse became the first batsman in the last three decades to score two double centuries in the Division 1 championship.
His 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 of 53.20.