Cricket legend John Hampshire dies

ROTHERHAM cricket legend John Hampshire has died, aged 76.

The former Yorkshire and England batsman and international umpire scored 21,979 runs for the Headingley club. He latterly served as club president.

John was part of the White Rose side that won three successive County Championships between 1966 and 1968 and skippered the team in 1979 and 1980.

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He also became the first England player to score a century on their Test debut at Lord's when he hit 107 against the West Indies in 1969.

His playing career ended in 1984 and he went on to stand in 21 Tests as an umpire between 1989 and 2002.

Yorkshire CCC chairman Steve Denison led the tributes. He said: "John epitomised everything that's good about Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

"Brave, talented and with a heart of gold he captained Yorkshire, scored a century at Lord's on his Test debut and became a highly-respected umpire after hanging up his playing whites."

Former Yorkshire star Michael Vaughan added: “It’s a sad, sad day for Yorkshire and world cricket. John gave me so much advice at Abbeydale, always with a nice dry sense of humour.”