Jim Sims      

Full name James Morton Sims

Born May 13, 1903, Leyton, Essex

Died April 27, 1973, Canterbury, Kent (aged 69 years 349 days)

Major teams England, Middlesex

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

James Morton Sims
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 4 4 0 16 12 4.00 0 0 0 6 0
First-class 462 635 116 8983 123 17.30 4 21 252 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 4 8 887 480 11 5/73 7/168 43.63 3.24 80.6 0 1 0
First-class 462 77035 39401 1581 10/90 24.92 3.06 48.7 98 21
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Leeds, Jul 13-16, 1935 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 1-7, 1937 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1929 - 1953

Cricketer obituary
Cricket lost a fine cricketer and a real character when J. M. Sims, the former Middlesex and England player, died at Canterbury on April 29. 'Simmo', as he was known to his colleagues in his playing days, will be remembered for his high standards of sportsmanship and particularly for his sense of humour and the delivery of his speech, which came out of the corner of his mouth. Jim was quite devastating on his day with his leg-break and googly - the old 'wozzler', as he called it. He used to revel on a dry, dusty pitch because he bowled his leg-break so quickly. I would compare his pace with that of Chandrasekhar, who caused so much trouble last winter in India and who has a similar dip in his flight. I played most of my career with Jim and so much of the fun which I had was contributed by him. There is a wealth of stories one could tell about him. Once against Gloucestershire he was bowling to that magnificently aggressive batsman, Charlie Barnett, and I was fielding at mid-off. Jim had not had the best of luck and the fielding had not been of a very high standard. He came up to me during one over and said out of the corner of his mouth, 'I think I'll bowl Charlie a long-hop, Denis, he might hit it down deep square-leg's throat.' This he carried out to perfection, for Charlie laid back and cracked it straight to Alec Thompson on the square-leg boundary. Unfortunately Alec, who was not renowned for his fielding, moved in too far and the ball dropped over his head and hit the fence. Jim had the sun in his eyes and could not follow the flight, so he came up to me and said 'What 'appened, Denis' I told him that regrettably Thompson had misjudged it and the ball had dropped over his head for four. After a moment's silence he muttered, 'Should have hit him on the bloody head' - and with that unforgettable smile was off to bowl the next ball. I have been at the wicket on numerous occasions with Jim, who was no mean batsman and did for a time in the early 'thirties open the innings for Middlesex. He could 'prop and cop' effectively, and when the occasion warranted he could give the ball a powerful thump. In one match at Lord's when I was going pretty well it was essential for Jim to play up the line. He beckoned me up the wicket and said, 'Don't do anything silly, Denis. I'll show 'em the maker's name all right.' As usual, it came out of the side of the mouth and, in fact, his manner of speaking was so infectious that I used to find myself talking to him in the same way. He was a great help to me throughout my career, as he was to so many other Middlesex players. Even after his retirement in 1953 he did much, as coach and scorer, for the welfare of Middlesex. One tends to forget his fine record of 1582 first-class wickets - eight times he took 100 in a season and in 1948 all ten in an innings in a festival match at Kingston - because he was such a rare and endearing character. There has been no-one quite like him in my experience. I, and many others, will miss him greatly.
Denis Compton, The Cricketer, June 1973

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