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William Sime

William Arnold Sime was born in Wepener, Orange Free State, South Africa on 8th February 1909.

Educated at Bedford School where he was in the XI for four seasons, being captain in his final year of 1928. In that year he headed the bowling averages with 39 wickets (average 15.33).

He went to Balliol College, Oxford in the autumn of 1928 and although he appeared in the Freshmen's match of 1929, scoring 60 and also in the Senior's matches of 1930 and 1931, his solitary first-class appearance for the University was against Free Foresters in 1931 when he hit 21 and bowled 0 for 47.

Whilst still at school he had however appeared for Bedfordshire. He was a tower of strength for that county for several seasons and was named captain in 1934, but moved to Nottingham the same year.

He played for Notts Amateurs and made his Nottinghamshire first-class debut versus Cambridge University at Fenners on May 22nd, 1935, though his actual first-class debut had been made back in 1929 when he represented Minor Counties v Lancashire at Old Trafford.

He was not again seen in the ranks of Nottinghamshire after 1935, until 1939, when he played in two matches, but he appeared occasionally for Nottinghamshire 2nd XI.

It came as something of a surprise to the cricketing publich when it was announced on April 2nd, 1947 that Sime had been invited to captain Nottinghamshire in succession to G. F. H. Heane - even as late as March of 1947, he was not listed in the amateurs available to play for Nottinghamshire for that year. His first game as captain was on May 14th, 1947 against Worcestershire at Trent Bridge.

It was his first full season of county cricket and he proved a very useful batsmen, scoring 619 runs.

His best score of 1947 was 69 versus Middlesex at Lord's. It was the highest score for Nottinghamshire in either innings.

In 1948 he increased his run total to 684, but this, and his better average, was due entirely to his 176* versus Sussex. In a very untypical innings at Hove, he came in at No. 5 and saved Nottinghamshire from collapse after Harris, Winrow and Hardsaff had all failed to reach double figures.

Sime began 1949 by taking 4 wickets for 51 against Middlesex at Lord's in the opening match. In the third game he picked up three wickets in the first innings and a further two in the second, but afterwards his left-arm spin caused few problems for opposing batsmen.

His batting also fell away, but in the run glut of 1949 this mattered little. 1950 was his last season as Nottinghamshire captain and also his final year in first-class cricket. His final first-class match was versus Essex on 30th August at Trent Bridge. In 91 matches his scored 2,328 runs at an average of 19.98.

In 1942/43 Sime played for a combined R.A.F. XI versus Rest of South Africa at Johnnesburg, it was his only first-class match overseas.

Aside from cricket he was a notable rugby player, initially with Bedford whom he captained for three years and then East Midlands and once for Nottinghamshire. He also played in an England trial match.

A useful golfer he reached the second round of the English Amateur Championship at Hollinwell in 1935.

Later a barrister with chambers in Nottingham he was made a Q.C. in 1957 and was sworn in as a circuit judge in 1972 on the Midland and Oxford Circuit.

He died on 5th May 1983 in Wymesworld, Leicestershire.

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