Cricket Tasmania has paid tribute to Englishman and former Tasmanian player John Hampshire who passed away in England overnight at the age of 76.

The right handed batsman played for Tasmania in 1967-68 and 1968-69 in the pre-Sheffield Shield era and then returned to the state and was part of the first ever Tasmanian Sheffield Shield team, playing two Sheffield Shield seasons in 1977-78 and 1978-79.

Hampshire was also a member of the Tasmanian side which won the Gillette Cup in 1978-79 alongside the likes of David Boon, Roger Woolley and Jack Simmons.

He was also instrumental in the development of juniors in the state, assisting with coaching junior state teams during his time in Tasmania.

In total Hampshire played 14 First Class matches (10 Sheffield Shield) and made 1079 runs for the state including two centuries with his highest score 147 vs South Australia at the TCA Ground. He Captained Tasmania in two matches, against West Indies and a Combined XI, both matches in January 1969.

He also played 5 One Day matches for Tasmania scoring, 116 runs, his highest score 63 v QLD at the Gabba.

Hampshire played eight Tests and three one-day internationals for England, famously scoring a century on his Test debut against the West Indies at Lord’s in 1969 and was also a five-time County Championship winner at Yorkshire.

Just a year after ending his playing career, Hampshire became a first-class umpire, standing in his first Test match in 1989 – an Ashes Test in Manchester. He eventually retired from the County circuit in 2005.  Hampshire took up the role as Yorkshire Club president in March 2016.

Cricket Tasmania Chief Executive David Johnston said:

“We were saddened to hear of John’s passing overnight and we extend our sympathies to his family, friends and all those in cricket who were involved with John.

“John was a significant contributor to Tasmanian cricket gaining first class status in the 1970s, instrumental in assisting Tasmanian players prepare for 1st class cricket and will be remembered fondly especially being part of the state’s first ever Sheffield Shield team.”