Former Yorkshire County Cricket Club player Philip Sharpe has passed away aged 77 after a short illness in hospital.
Sharpe was born in Shipley and had an illustrious career with Yorkshire spanning 20 years where he won seven County Championship titles.
He also gained Test honours with England where he played 12 Test Matches from 1963 to 1969, averaging over 46 with the bat at the highest level of the game.
In 1963 he was one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
He played all of his county cricket for Yorkshire and Derbyshire, and played in Minor counties cricket for Norfolk.
He was renowned for his excellent slip fielding, which yielded him over 600 catches.
In his First Class career he played 493 matches accumulating 22,530 runs at an average of 30.73.
Sharpe played five times at Scarborough’s North Marine Road ground, averaging 31.20 with the bat. His top score was 67.
Yorkshire president, Harold ‘Dickie’ Bird OBE, led the tributes, said:“I grew up with Philip in the nets at Yorkshire. We both came through the Yorkshire system at the same time.
“He was one of the best slip fielders I ever saw.
“He would be ranked amongst the very best alongside the likes of Mark Waugh, Bobby Simpson, Ian Botham and Ian Chappell.
“Philip was also a pugnacious batsman, who was very strong off his back foot.
His trademark shot was punching the ball through mid-wicket. He picked up the length of the ball very quickly.
“In my opinion he should have played more times for England. His batting record at Test level was fantastic. Averaging over 46 is a big achievement in the international arena.
“My sympathies go out to his family. Philip was a true gentleman and he will be a sad loss to Yorkshire Cricket.”
His passing will be marked on Sunday at the first day of the LV= County Championship match against Lancashire at Headingley.
No funeral arrangements have been announced as yet but details will be communicated as soon as they are confirmed.