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Jack Sharp      

Full name John Sharp

Born February 15, 1878, Hereford

Died January 28, 1938, Wavertree, Liverpool, Lancashire (aged 59 years 347 days)

Major teams England, Lancashire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 3 6 2 188 105 47.00 1 1 0 1 0
First-class 534 805 75 22715 211 31.11 38 117 236 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 3 4 183 111 3 3/67 3/101 37.00 3.63 61.0 0 0 0
First-class 534 22063 12088 441 9/77 27.41 3.28 50.0 18 3
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Leeds, Jul 1-3, 1909 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 9-11, 1909 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1899 - 1909

A superb allrounder - and the first Test cricketer to come from Hereford - the compact Jack Sharp was a right-hand middle-order batsman and a brisk left-arm bowler, as well as being an outstanding cover fielder. Picked for three Tests against Australia in 1909 - mainly as a bowler- he did little until the final match at The Oval where he hit 105 in 170 minutes on top of three first-innings wickets. That was his only international recognition. He played for Lancashire for 15 seasons as a professional before the Great War, including their unbeaten Championship-winning side of 1904, and for another seven seasons as an amateur afterwards. He captained Lancashire from 1923 to 1925, doubling up as an England selector in 1924. His time at Old Trafford ended on a sour note when he was barracked by some of the crowd after he dropped a catch against Middlesex. He initially said he would never play on the ground again, but relented although he did retire at the end of the summer. White was also an outstanding footballer, representing England at outside-right, and was in the Everton side which won the 1906 FA Cup - he went on to become a director of the club. He also played for Aston Villa.
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