Sims smashes club record as Swardeston reach Carter final

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Richard Sims has broken one of Norfolk’s oldest club cricket records. The Zimbabwean hit 196 for Swardeston in their Bob Carter Cup semi-final win at Old Buckenham.

That surpassed the 193 scored by Peter Thomas when Swardeston beat Caister by 287 runs in a Norfolk Junior Cup match in 1976. Thomas subsequently featured in the EDP local cricket column alongside its compiler, Keith Skipper, who was in the Caister team and completed a hat-trick.

“He was a leg-spin bowler and not at all a bad cricketer,” recalled Thomas, whose spectacular display of big hitting included 24 fours and a dozen sixes.

Sims cracked 23 fours and four sixes in an innings which came within 23 runs of the Carter Cup record, the 216 not out scored by Steve Pope for Great Witchingham against Old Buckenham.

Will Rist hit 54 and Jaden Hatwell 42 in Swardeston’s 362-6 total from their 60 overs. George Walker then claimed 4-22 with Hatwell picking up two wickets with one each for Sims, Darin Goodrum, Ian Tufts and Rob Newton as Old Buckenham were bolwed out for 208 in the 57th over.

Witchingham were 245-run losers of the weekend’s other semi-final, against Vauxhall Mallards.

Mallards will now try to avenge last summer’s final defeat by Swardeston when they meet for another showdown on Sunday, August 13 (10.45am start) at Manor Park, Horsford.

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