It came as a great shock to Oakley Cricket Club to hear of the tragic death of Lee Nurse due to Coronavirus. The Nurse family are all well known to Oakley, with many of our members having played against and with them over the years.
From what I have been told by members who had the privilege of playing cricket with such a local talent, Lee was not only a fantastic cricketer, he was also a warm, unique and humble human being.
The following quotes are from three of our members who knew Lee well.
“I have great memories of the Basingstoke Schools teams Lee and I played for. Lee’s batting would win us most games and even at that young age, I recognised he was utter class. He was our captain and leader. I remember going to the Isle of Wight with him as our schools captain, he was a cut above anyone else but never acted like it.
Then, later, with Basingstoke, we went on tour to Barbados. Everyone seemed to know him and his family and he greeted them all with a beaming smile. Lee had time for everyone and despite his class as a batsman, he never made his peers feel less of a player than him. A class act, both on and of the pitch. He will be sorely missed.”
“Lee is the best cricketer I have ever had the pleasure of playing with. Always good fun, always smiling, always piling on the runs. It seems like we always won when Lee was playing, because he always seemed to score a ton. Cricket, like all sports, is a game where arrogance often comes with talent, but that wasn’t the case with Lee. A class act on and off the pitch who is a massive loss to local cricket”.
“Lee was such an awesome guy. He was a class act on and off the pitch and always had time for a chat. Lee didn’t indulge in small talk and always had something to say and a genuine interest in those around him. He will be missed badly by all those who had the fortune to know him”.
The players, members, and committee at Oakley Cricket Club, send Lee’s family our sincerest condolences at this difficult time.