Richard Sims

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Richard Sims
Personal information
Full name Richard William Sims
Born (1979-07-23) 23 July 1979 (age 37)
Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe Rhodesia
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
ODI debut 23 November 2002 v Pakistan
Last ODI 10 July 2003 v South Africa
Domestic team information
Years Team
2001–4 Manicaland
Career statistics
Competition ODI FC LA
Matches 3 21 30
Runs scored 31 1,325 604
Batting average 31.00 36.80 25.16
100s/50s 0/0 2/8 0/3
Top score 24 204 87
Balls bowled 132 2,792 1,003
Wickets 0 30 20
Bowling average 58.36 38.25
5 wickets in innings 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 6/132 3/12
Catches/stumpings 1/– 21/– 13/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 10 June 2015

Richard William Sims (born 23 July 1979 in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe Rhodesia) is a Zimbabwean cricketer. An allrounder, he bats in the middle order and bowls right-arm offbreak. He is a good driver of the ball and is a straight hitter.

International career[edit]

Sims made his international debut in 2002 in an ODI against Pakistan. Having gone into bat first, Pakistan reached 305-2 in 50 overs with Sims bowling 9 wicketless overs for 49. Sims then batted at ten and scored 7 not out as Zimbabwe notched up 295-9 in their 50 overs.

In 2004 he became involved in disputes with the ZCU board and Sims opted out of playing from Zimbabwe instead keeping his contract with his English club. He now plays for a Norfolk club, Swardeston. He also coaches cricket, hockey and rugby at Norwich School, working as a batting and bowling coach.

Post Zimbabwean cricket[edit]

In 2000 he played for Helensburgh, west of Glasgow in Scotland. He was good with the ball and scored two hundreds and three nineties, averaging 51 with the bat for the season. He returned again in 2001, and despite having a great many matches rained off he managed three centuries. He has become a successful rugby coach, coaching Norwich School 1st XV to the daily mail vase 2010 final at twickenham in and leading the U14's to Norfolk Cup victory in 2007.


Sims was also a notable rugby player at scrum-half who represented Zimbabwe Schools. He had represented national rugby teams from junior school upwards.

He got injured on a tour of South Africa and it has affected his cricketing career and it's weakened his throw. As a result, he is forced to field in close during games. He gave up rugby to concentrate on cricket.