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'Brave, talented and a heart of gold': Yorkshire Cricket Club president John Hampshire dies, aged 76

John Hampshire Credit: PA

Yorkshire Cricket Club have announced the death of club president John Hampshire.

Hampshire, 76, a former club captain, Yorkshire and England batsman and Test umpire died peacefully at home and surrounded by his family following a long illness, the club said.

Chairman Steve Denison 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.

"Loved by players and members alike, John capped his wonderful life in Yorkshire cricket as our club president last year."

As a member of the great Yorkshire side of the 1960s and a five-time championship winner, Hampshire played eight Test matches and three one-day internationals, famously scoring a century on his Test debut against the West Indies at Lord’s in 1969.

Having made his debut for his native Yorkshire in 1961, he scored more than 28,000 first-class runs, including 45 hundreds.

A year after ending his playing career, Hampshire became a first-class umpire, standing in his first Test match in 1989 – an Ashes Test in Manchester. He eventually retired from the County circuit in 2005.

He became president at Yorkshire last March.