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Former Yorkshire Batsman Sharpe Dies

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Philip Sharpe has died at the age of 77.

Former Yorkshire and England batsman Philip Sharpe has died at the age of 77.

The Shipley-born player passed away in hospital last night after a short illness.

Sharpe - regarded as one of the game’s greatest slip fielders - played 12 Tests for England between 1963 and 1969.

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.

Speaking on the club's website, Yorkshire County Cricket Club President, Harold ‘Dickie’ Bird, 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.

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