Phil Sharpe dies, aged 77

  • Last Updated: May 20 2014, 18:42 BST

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

Phil Sharpe: Played 12 Tests for England
Phil Sharpe: Played 12 Tests for England

Sharpe played 12 Tests in the 1960s, notably few given his average of 46.23, and was a member of seven county championship-winning teams at Yorkshire.

It is for his reputation as one of the greatest slip fielders of all time that he will perhaps be best remembered.

In that position, Sharpe took more than 600 catches in his 20-year career - many of them brilliant - and he also made in excess of 22,000 first-class runs.

Yorkshire president Dickie Bird, a contemporary of Sharpe's as a player, said: "I grew up with Philip in the nets at Yorkshire.

"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

"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.

"Philip was a true gentleman, and he will be a sad loss to Yorkshire Cricket."

England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke on Tuesday evening paid tribute to Sharpe, saying: "Phil was an integral part of an outstanding Yorkshire side which dominated the County Championship in the 1960s and will forever be remembered as a fine batsman and one of the greatest slip fielders the game has ever known."We send our condolences to his family and to the many cricketing friends he made in the course of a long and distinguished association with our first-class game."