The Arthur Carr (Nottinghamshire & England 1910-1934) & William Sime (Nottinghamshire 1935-1950) Cricket Collection

This collection is being sold on behalf of the family of William Sime. Please also see further sporting lots formerly the property of Carr, lot numbers 987, 989, 997, 998 and 999.

William Arnold Sime CMG MBE was a South African-born English barrister and judge who also played first-class cricket. Educated at Bedford School and at Balliol College, Oxford, he was a right-hand batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. He played first class matches for the Minor Counties between 1929 and 1934, and Oxford University in 1931. He then joined Nottinghamshire in 1935 and stayed with them until 1950, captaining the club in his final three years. He was Recorder of Grantham and was appointed a Circuit Judge in 1972. He was very good friends with Arthur Carr and the cricketing items being sold in this auction were left to Sime on Carr's death.

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Arthur William Carr. Nottinghamshire & England 1910-1934. A green boarded 'Newspaper Cuttings' album, covering the period 1903-1920, containing approximately 100 pages of press cuttings and printed press pictures of Carr and various teams, original photographs, printed school magazine entries, invitations from Lord's to play in matches, scorecards, team postcards, letter etc including Arthur Carr's schools days at Hazelwood School, Oxted, Surrey 1903-1906, Sherborne School in Dorset and his short stay at Eton, war-time service and early days at Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club up to 1920. The album begins with cuttings from the 'The Nutshell' magazine at Hazelwood School with references to Carr's sporting prowess in cricket, rugby, choir etc, and it includes an original photograph of Carr as a schoolboy in front of the scoreboard having apparently scored 167. The album continues with cuttings from Sherborne School including matches v M.C.C. Club & Ground, Radley College, Tonbridge School etc, original programme naming Carr in the Sherborne Rugby team to play the Royal Naval College in 1909, an original photograph of the Sherborne School team (?), further cuttings from 1909 playing for Nottinghamshire 2nd XI, two handwritten invitations from Edward George Wynyard [Hampshire & England 1894-1912] on Lord's Cricket Ground postcards, dated May 1910 inviting Carr to represent the Public Schools team at Lord's, an original broadsheet for Leicester Rugby Football Club with rugby fixtures for December 1912, with three matches marked 'Arty (Carr) played', an original postcard/postcard size photograph of Arthur Carr sitting in a chair with John Gunn standing, signed in ink by Gunn, coverage of Carr putting on 333 runs with Garnet Lee v Leicestershire 1913 with original scorecard, original photograph of a group of two teams of cricketers and umpires including Carr marked below in ink 'Arty as Captain', a Foster Series real photograph postcard of the Nottingham XI of c1913 featuring Carr, an excellent original photograph of Sir Arthur Priestley's XI of 1913, again, featuring Carr, page 59 is inscribed 'War Declared 1914', handwritten 'Bill of Fare' marked Flanders 20th March 1915 with humourous handwritten menu with images, Carr mentioned in despatches, handwritten letter from Charles William Wright (Nottinghamshire & England 1882-1899), dated 30th April 1919, inviting Carr to be the new Nottinghamshire C.C.C. Captain 'My Dear Artie, I am very pleased to tell you that you were unanimously appointed Captain of Notts for the ensuing season and wish you every luck and success', scorecard for Nottinghamshire v Sussex 1919, Carr 101no etc. The album contains around 103 used pages. Good condition. An interesting insight into the early cricketing and sporting life of an inspiring but often controversial cricketer
Estimate: £300/500
Hammer price: £1600
Arthur William Carr was born at Mickleham in Surrey in 1893. He was educated at Hazelwood, Eton and Sherborne Schools. The Sherborne school magazine wrote the following of his cricketing abilities in 1904 'Very good all round for his size, but too small to be much use yet' and in 1905 'For his inches would be quite in the 1st class; with a little more head, but at present is addicted to strokes that mean certain death. Is too small yet to do justice to his undoubted bowling talent. A fine field anywhere' and in 1906 'As Captain, keen and energetic in the field, but should learn to discriminate between slackness and un-skilfulness in others. As a batsman, has had no superior here, possessing every stroke a boy of his age ought to have, his driving being perhaps his strongest point. His bowling hardly increased as much in accuracy as in pace. A beautiful field anywhere, from wicket keeper outwards'. On leaving the school the magazine wrote of him: - '...has also been suddenly called to Eton. In him Hazelwood loses a sportsman second to none, and his future will be looked upon with eager interest' He went on to Eton College where he was in Mr. J.H.M. Hare's House from September 1906 to July 1907 when he was asked to leave so went instead to Sherbourne School from September 1907 to July 1911. He was a member of the Cricket XI from 1909 to 1911, scoring over 1,000 runs in the 1909 season alone. He also played for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club 2nd XI in 1909. The Sherborne School magazine wrote the following of his 1910 cricket season 'Very good bat, with any number of good shots, his best being his drive, which is very powerful. His fault is his great recklessness, getting himself out by treating full tosses and long hops too carelessly. A good field anywhere, at his best in the slips. A useful fast bowler, but cannot last long'. In 1910 he represented the Public Schools XI in the match against the MCC at Lords. On leaving school he made his first class debut for Nottinghamshire against Derbyshire at the age of 17, in the same season, scoring 1,800 runs but did not score his first century for the club until 1913 and he played football for Leicester City [Rugby] Football Club in 1912. His war-time service saw him involved at Mons as a 2nd Lieutenant and his regiment were involved in the long retreat from Mons where they acted as a rearguard to the retreating British Expeditionary Force. He was wounded and invalided home for four months during 1915, returning to the front at the end of the year and was mentioned in despatches. He was still serving with his regiment at the armistice in November 1918.
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Arthur William Carr. Nottinghamshire & England 1910-1934. A large red quarter leather album, covering the period 1920-1923, containing fifty one pages with printed press cuttings, press caricatures and printed press pictures of Carr and various teams, a telegram, a letter, original photographs, printed ephemera from the M.C.C. tour of South Africa in 1922/23 etc. The album begins with cuttings from 1920, a sepia postcard/postcard size photograph of Carr, in full cricket attire and striped blazer, in a garden, a telegram sent to the pavilion at Leyton following Carr's 204 v Essex in 1921 'Heartiest Congratulations Nottingham. Very proud of you', a typed written letter from the Nottinghamshire Secretary, dated 6th April 1921, advising 'The Committee ask me to write [to] you to say that they sincerely hope you will see your way clear to captain the team next season. We all feel we could not be in better hands though we know what a tax it is upon your time....', a candid photograph of Carr smiling at the camera during the Nottinghamshire v Australians match of June 1921 (loose), an excellent original photograph of the Nottinghamshire team of 1922 with Carr the captain to centre, an original photograph of Carr jumping high to catch Cox of Sussex in 1922, an excellent original photograph of Carr leading the Nottinghamshire team out to field at Trent Bridge circa 1922, a real photograph postcard of John Gunn and Wilfred Rhodes on the pitch at Trent Bridge July 1922 (loose), a typed letter dated October 1922 from Brown, the Secretary of Nottinghamshire C.C.C. expressing the Committee's '..sincere and hearty congratulations upon the great success achieved by the County team during last season, and also to convey to you their warmest thanks for your valuable services as Captain. They hope you will have a safe journey to and from South Africa and a most enjoyable time whilst in that country' etc. The album lacking spine paper with wear to cover, becoming disjointed otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £300/500
Hammer price: £1500
In the summer of 1919 he resumed his career with Nottinghamshire Cricket Club as club captain, a position he held until 1934 when he gave up the job following a heart attack. He toured South Africa with the MCC in the winter of 1922-23 and was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1923.

Nottinghamshire finished second in each of the County Championship seasons of 1922 and 1923
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Arthur William Carr. Nottinghamshire & England 1910-1934. A large red quarter leather album, covering the period 1923-1935, with initials 'A.W.C.' in gilt to front board, containing one hundred and five pages with printed press cuttings, press caricatures and printed press pictures of Carr and various teams, invitation to play in matches, scorecards, original photographs, printed typed itinerary for the M.C.C. tour of South Africa in 1922/23 (loose), selection to be England Captain, England Test series v Australia 1926, Nottinghamshire 'County Champions' 1929, death and funeral of William Whysall, Bodyline controversy etc. The album begins with cuttings from 1923 and 1925, original sepia photograph of A.W. Carr unveiling the memorial to Alfred Shaw at Gedling, Nottinghamshire, an official invitation to play in the Gentlemen v Players match of 1925 on Lords headed paper, an original photograph of the Gentlemen walking out to field, including Carr, in the match at Lord's 1925, an official scorecard for Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire, June 1925, an original photograph of the Yorkshire and The Rest teams at the Oval 1925, an original real photograph postcard of the Nottinghamshire team of 1925 and a candid photograph of Carr on the pavilion balcony with his son, Angus 1925, original photograph of a team at Scarborough 1925 including Carr, good coverage of the England v Australia Test match at Trent Bridge and Lord's 1926 with Carr as England Captain, original invitation card from the Lord Major of Nottingham to Dinner to meet the 'Champion County Cricket Team of 1929' held at the Council House in October 1929, mono press photograph of Voce bowling with details of Nottinghamshire C.C.C. holding a meeting to discuss Bodyline to verso in January 1935 (loose), official scorecards for Surrey v Nottinghamshire 1929, Carr 114 and Northamptonshire v Nottinghamshire 1933, Carr 125, Bakewell 246 (both loose) etc. Some handwritten annotation from Carr. The album with minor wear to boards otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £300/500
Hammer price: £1750
Carr was named captain of England for the Ashes series against Australia in 1926. In the third Test at Leeds, he controversially put Australia into bat after winning the toss, and dropped Charlie Macartney at slip in the first over of the match. Macartney went on to score a hundred before lunch and England was lucky to avoid defeat. He came down with tonsillitis during the fourth Test of the series, and although he recovered in time for the fifth Test, he was replaced as captain by Percy Chapman. He was bitterly disappointed with this decision, and although he captained England twice more in his final two Tests against South Africa in 1929, henceforth he put most of his effort into captaining Nottinghamshire into a dominant position within the English County cricket competition. He became a test selector during the 1927 season. In 1930 and in the following years, Carr was instrumental in developing the €œbodyline" bowling tactic together with future England captain Douglas Jardine and the two Nottinghamshire fast bowlers Harold Larwood and Bill Voce. Carr used the tactic of instructing his bowlers to aim at the bodies of batsmen and placing a close set field on the leg side to take catches fended away from the body with the bat and perfected it as he led Nottinghamshire to success in the county competition. Jardine then used Larwood and Voce in similar fashion on the infamous 1932-33 English tour of Australia, resulting in several injuries to Australian batsmen and the incurring the wrath of the Australian public. After this tour, and the subsequent fallout, Carr was subjected to bodyline bowling by other English county teams, and was severely shaken by several balls that nearly hit him on the head. He later denounced the tactic he had helped develop as unfair. Dissension within the Nottinghamshire club over his role in the bodyline scandal led him being sacked as captain in 1934, and he never played first-class cricket again.

In all, he played 11 times for England with a batting average of 19.75. He also wrote a book, 'Cricket with the Lid Off' with a preface by Douglas Jardine which was published in 1935. In his first class career he scored 21,100 runs including 45 centuries at an average of 31.58 and took 318 catches.
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Arthur William Carr. Nottinghamshire & England 1910-1934. 'Proposed M.C.C. tour of the West Indies 1915'. Original typewritten letter, dated 29th July 1914, from the acting Secretary of M.C.C. John Shuter, Kent, Surrey and England 1874-1909, regarding the proposed M.C.C. tour of the West Indies in 1915 'As I belive you already know, it is proposed to send an M.C.C. team to the West Indies under the captaincy of Mr R.E. More. [Middlesex 1901-1910] The team would start early in January and return about April the 6th. The team would be put up in the West Indies, and so the expenses would be limited to the voyage, tips etc. An attempt will be made by us to defray part of the expenses of the voyage, but this may not be possible. As a maximum, the expenses of each amateur would not exceed £60. I shall be obliged if you will inform me if I may submit your name to the committee of M.C.C. as being willing to accompany the side'. Nicely signed in black ink 'John Shuter'. Some fairly heavy creasing and folds to letter otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £190
This proposed tour did not take place due to Great Britain declaring war on Germany some six days later on the 4th August 1914. John Shuter captained Surrey from 1880-1893 and was appointed Secretary to the County Club in 1919, he died before he had completed a year in office
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Arthur William Carr. Nottinghamshire & England 1910-1934. 'Essex v Nottinghamshire 1921'. Original commemorative silk scorecard for the match played at Leyton on the 8th-10th June 1921. The match was drawn. Nottinghamshire in their only innings made 558-8 with Carr making 204. Essex made 324 in their first innings and were 278-6 in their second innings. Some fraying to scorecard edges otherwise in good/very good condition. Partially laid down to card
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £75
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Arthur William Carr. Nottinghamshire & England 1910-1934. 'Northamptonshire v Nottinghamshire 1928'. Original commemorative silk scorecard for the match played at Northampton on the 11th-13th July 1928. Nottinghamshire won by 288 runs. Nottinghamshire in their first innings made 298 with Carr making 26. Northamptonshire in reply making 154 all out with Richmond taking five wickets, in the Nottinghamshire second innings, Carr made 100no and Nottinghamshire declared at 360-3, Gunn making 159, Northamptonshire were then bowled put for 216 with Barratt taking five and Richmond four wickets each. Some fraying to scorecard edges, minor creasing, odd minor stain otherwise in good condition. Sold with four Nottinghamshire card scorecards for the 1925 season in which Carr scored centuries, v Leicestershire, June 1925 (206), v Sussex, July 1925 (124), v Surrey, August 1925 (107no) and for the Gentlemen of England v Players, Scarborough, September 1925 (101). The four scorecards laid down to single large card
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £75
Carr made his 100 runs in 60 minutes
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Arthur William Carr. Nottinghamshire & England 1910-1934. 'England v Australia at Trent Bridge. First Test Match' [1926]. A good collection of six original photographs from the match scheduled to be played at Trent Bridge on the 12th-15th June 1926. The photographs comprise of Arthur Carr, standing on the pitch with Australian batsman, Charlie McCartney and Warren Bardsley , signed in black ink by all three players, Carr and Australian Captain, Herbie Collins tossing for innings, Carr and Collins looking at the wicket, Carr and one other sitting in a garden attending to mail, a group shot of six England players on the balcony at Trent Bridge, Woolley, Hendren, Carr, Tate, Root and Sutcliffe and the final photograph of Carr and Hendren holding mascots made for the players. All six photographs originally window mounted with printed titles. Framed without glass. The majority of the photographs are 8"x6" or 7"x5". Overall 28.5"x17.5". Good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £340
The Test match scheduled for three days was abandoned as a draw due to heavy rain and flooding and lasted only 50 minutes with Australia scoring 32-0 with only 17 overs completed
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Arthur William Carr. Nottinghamshire & England 1910-1934. 'England v Australia at Lord's. Second Test Match' [1926]. A good selection of three original photographs from the Test match played at Lord's on the 26th-29th June 1926. The photographs comprise of Herbie Collins leading the Australians onto the field with the pavilion behind and two images of Carr leading England out onto the field. All three photographs originally window mounted with printed titles. Framed and glazed. The photographs are 10"x8" or 8"x6". Overall 30"x11". Sold with two original photographs from the 4th Test match played at Manchester on the 24th-27th July 1926. The photographs comprise of Herbie Collins and Arthur Carr tossing for innings and Carr and Bardsley stood in front of the crowd near the players entrance to the pitch. Both photographs originally window mounted with printed titles. The photographs are both 8"x6". Overall 10.5"x17.5". Good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £320
The Lord's Test match was drawn. The Old Trafford Test also resulted in a draw
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Arthur William Carr. Nottinghamshire & England 1910-1934. Nottinghamshire 'County Champions' 1929. 'Nottinghamshire Cricket Championship Souvenir 1929'. F.S. Ashley-Cooper. Nottingham 1929. Minor age toning to wrappers otherwise in good/very good condition. Sold with 'Nottinghamshire County Cricket Eleven 'Winners of the County Championship' 1929'. Original sepia official photograph of the Nottinghamshire team wearing county caps and blazers. The photograph laid down to official mount with printed title and details of matches played to top and players names printed to lower border. Players featured include A.W. Carr (Captain), Larwood, Voce, Whysall, Walker, Lilley, Staples, Gunn, Barratt etc. Framed and glazed. Overall 13.5"x11.5". These were Carr's personal copies. Good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
Nottinghamshire played twenty eight matches in the 1929 season, winning fourteen, drawing twelve and losing only two matches
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William Arnold Sime. Nottinghamshire 1935-1950. 'Notts. County C.C. Marks Award Book' Leather bound book recording the cricket seasons of 1938 and 1946. Each page lists the printed names of the players and records the award bonuses earnt by performances in each game. The awards and match details are handwritten. Each of the 1938 matches are recorded and then the book is again used in 1946 where all matches are recorded. The books finishes with a breakdown of how many award marks were given to each player in 1946. Keeton came out on top easily with 137. There is a note 'Pre 1940 5/- per mark'. An unusual and interesting book and it is assumed that Bill Sime who played in that period kept the book. Good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £145
An example of the marks given. Nottinghamshire played Northamptonshire at Northampton on May 7th-10th 1938. In the match Keeton was awarded 3 marks for his batting having totalled 46 runs in the two innings, 41 in the first and 5 in the 2nd, Knowles was awarded 4 points for his batting having scored 64 runs, 51 in the first innings and 13 in the second. In the bowling column, Staples and Butler was awarded 6 points each for taking seven each in the match. No other player was awarded marks
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William Arnold Sime. Nottinghamshire 1935-1950. A selection of cricket ephemera formerly the property of Sime including an aerial photograph of Trent Bridge taken during the England v Australia Test match in 1948 with Australia batting. Photograph by Thos Thorburn of Arkwright Street, Nottingham, a scrapbook of press cutting photograph of former cricketers, a mono photograph of Sime and his Wife at Trent Bridge, a brochure entitled 'Notts County Cricket Club and Trent Bridge' issued by the club in 1946, Nottinghamshire C.C.C. handbook and Annual Reports for 1980, 1981, 1982 etc. Odd faults otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £70
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Arthur William Carr. Nottinghamshire & England 1910-1934. 'M.C.C. South Africa 1922-23'. Original sepia photograph of the M.C.C. touring team to South Africa 1922/23, standing and seated in rows, the majority of the players wearing caps and blazers. Players featured include F.T. Mann (Cpt), Gilligan, Fender, Carr, Street, Mead, Woolley, Sandham, Jupp, Macauley, Brown, Stevens etc. In original mount with handwritten title and players names to lower border, the photograph measures approx 11.5"x9.25" and overall framed and glazed measures 1.5"x17". A rarely seen touring team photograph. G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £160
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Arthur William Carr. Nottinghamshire & England 1910-1934. M.C.C. touring blazer worn by Carr on the M.C.C. tour of South Africa in 1922/23. The blazer by E.C. Devereux with raised embroidered M.C.C. emblem in white of St.George & dragon to breast pocket and trimming to pockets and blazer edges in M.C.C. colours of yellow and red. 'A.W. Carr 1922' handwritten in black ink to inside label at neck. Some wear and soiling, odd moth hole and odd faults to blazer otherwise in good condition for its age. An early M.C.C. touring blazer
Estimate: £300/500
Hammer price: £300
Carr scored a total of 428 runs on the tour with a highest score of 63 v South Africa in the 4th Test at Johannesburg and an average of 19.45. He played in all five Test matches during the tour. This was the only M.C.C. tour made by Carr.

Knights have sold only one M.C.C. 1922/23 blazer, that of George Street, previously in nearly twenty five years of trading
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William Arnold Sime. Nottinghamshire 1935-1950. Nottinghamshire C.C.C. 1st XI blazer worn by Sime during his playing career. The navy blazer, by Maenson, with excellent raised embroidered Nottinghamshire emblem with 'Notts' below to chest. 'W.A. Sime. N.C.C.C.' handwritten in black ink to inside label at neck. Two very minor small moth holes otherwise in good+ condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
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Arthur William Carr. Nottinghamshire & England 1910-1934. Original black umbrella with full leather handle, the runner in bamboo, by Ben Cox of Oxford Street, London, owned by Arthur Carr. The top of the handle has a gold metal band with the inscription 'A.W. Carr 1926'. Good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
Arthur Carr probably used the umbrella during the first Test at Trent Bridge, when the match was abandoned as a draw due to heavy rain and flooding and lasted only 50 minutes with Australia scoring 32-0 with only 17 overs completed
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New Zealand tour to England 1958. Official menu for the 'Dinner to the New Zealand Cricket Team' held at Lord's 19th May 1958. Signed in ink to the rear page by sixteen members of the New Zealand touring party. Signatures include Reid (Captain), Miller, Hayes, Cave, Sutcliffe, MacGibbon, Playle, Harford, Alabaster, Sparling, Petrie, Phillips (Manager) etc. Sold with an official menu for the 200th Test match, England v Australia, Lord's 22nd June 1968 unsigned. Both menus W.E. Sime's copies. Minor staining to the two menus, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £50

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