ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – Barbados discard Martin Nurse lit up the National Stadium here with an awesome display of power-hitting as West Indies Masters crushed the World Masters by 52 runs in the opening Twenty20 match of the Grenada Cricket Classic on Saturday.
The 24-year-old left-hander, who has not played for his country in two years, slammed a frenetic 55 from just 20 balls to inspire West Indies Masters to 195 for five off their allotted 20 overs.
In reply, the World Masters could only muster 143 for six off their quota of overs, with legendary fast bowler Curtly Ambrose clinching two for 14 from three miserly overs.
The match was the first of a double-header, with Barbados beating Grenada by six wickets in the second encounter.
Nurse was one of three batsmen getting half-centuries as former West Indies wicketkeeper Junior Murray top scored with 61 while opener Phil Simmons chipped in with 55.
A strongly built lad, Nurse smashed three fours and six sixes batting at No. 5 to give the innings momentum in the middle overs.