Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Funeral for Yorkshire and England cricket star

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Image caption John Hampshire was president of Yorkshire Cricket Club when he died

The funeral of Yorkshire cricket player and club president John Hampshire has been held in Rotherham.

Mr Hampshire died earlier this month, aged 76, after a long illness.

He was part of the Yorkshire team that won three successive County Championships between 1966 and 1968. He retired as a player in 1984.

As well as playing for the county and captaining it, he went on to appear for England before becoming a renowned international umpire.

The service took place a the Minster Church of All Saints and was attended by a number of past and present Yorkshire cricketers.

Ray Illingworth, who played alongside him in the championship team of the late 60s, described Mr Hampshire as a "Yorkshire great".

"A good man as well, he was a 100% team man," he said.

"He was a joy to be with. He enjoyed life did John, liked a pint afterwards."

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