Full name Philip John Sharpe
Born December 27, 1936, Shipley, Yorkshire
Died May 19, 2014 (aged 77 years 143 days)
Major teams England, Derbyshire, Norfolk, Yorkshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||England v West Indies at Birmingham, Jul 4-9, 1963 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v New Zealand at The Oval, Aug 21-26, 1969 scorecard|
|First-class span||1956 - 1976|
|List A span||1963 - 1982|
Although he won seven County Championships and averaged 46.23 in 12 Tests for England, including a century versus New Zealand at Trent Bridge in 1969, Phil Sharpe's name is still more of a byword for brilliance in the slips. A single example will do: standing very close in against West Indies at Old Trafford in 1969, he held an amazing catch off a ferocious slash by Joey Carew. The Wisden Almanack, in a classic piece of British understatement, described it as "memorable". Actually, it took the breath away. Mind you, he probably did it every week for Yorkshire.
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1963
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"
Dav Whatmore talks about how things went downhill fast during his curtailed stint as Zimbabwe's coach