The cricketing world mourns the death of Yorkshire legend John Hampshire

Prominent faces of cricket have been paying tribute to former England and Yorkshire batsman, John Hampshire, who died yesterday aged 76.

He made his debut for Yorkshire in 1961 and went on to captain a team which won the County Championship five times.

After retiring in 1984, John, who was also referred to as ‘Jack’, took up umpiring until 2005. He served as club president from March 2016.

Eager to stay in the game, he was appointed as the new President of Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 2016, and held the position until his death.

John amassed 28,059 first-class runs in 577 games including 43 hundreds and 156 fifties. He also made 446 catches.

John also represented England in the test arena, and made 403 test match runs in eight games.

On a more local level, John was once the captain of Rotherham Town Cricket Club.

A statement from Yorkshire Cricket Club said: “He passed away peacefully at home and surrounded by his family after a long illness”.

Tributes have been made by famous cricketers and fans alike.

A book of condolences will be opened at the Headingly ticket office from 3rd of March until March 18th for members and supporters to leave their own tributes.

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