YP Comment: Yorkshire batting great mourned

IT remains one of the great cricketing mysteries that John Hampshire did not enjoy a more distinguished international career after being an integral member of Yorkshire's all-conquering side of the 1960s '“ his reward in 1969 for becoming the first Englishman to score a century on Test debut at Lord's was to be unceremoniously dropped.

For 20 years John Hampshire thrilled Yorkshire's crowds with his attacking strokeplay and in 1969 scored a century on his Test debut against the West Indies at Lord's.

A powerful stroke player whose presence at the crease illuminated so many summers, Hampshire became a victim of Yorkshire’s civil war before establishing himself as a much-respected international umpire.

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However the proud son of Thurnscoe saw his illustrious career go full circle with his proud elevation to the presidency of the club where he made his name. How sad that 
his personal innings should end shortly before his 
term of office was due to reach stumps – he fulfilled his duties in the best traditions of Yorkshire CCC, despite his ailing health, and will be much missed when the new cricket season dawns next month.