Kevin Sharp

Kevin Sharp was born in Leeds on 06 April 1959. He went to Abbey Grange High School in Leeds. He was a left-handed batter and occasional right-arm off break bowler.

He played for Yorkshire from 1976-1990. He was a very gifted cricketer who made his debut aged 17. He made 260*, at New Road, for England Young Cricketers in 1978. He was capped in 1982 aged 23. He played 218 first-class matches during which he scored 9,962 runs at 30.84 with 14 centuries and 47 fifties and a top score of 181.

He also had three seasons at Griqualand West in South Africa between 1981 and 1984. He played 17 first-class matches and averaged just under 40.

Following the end of his Yorkshire career in 1990, aged just 31, he played for Shropshire in the Minor Counties from 1993 to 1997 while also playing club cricket for Bridgnorth and Ossett.

Following retirement from playing, Sharp has worked as a batting coach for Yorkshire and as an umpire. He coached some real batting talent at Yorkshire including Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance and Adam Lyth, all of whom were to play for England. Root remains a friend of Sharp and occasionally calls him for technical advice.

Having been part of a coaching clearout at Yorkshire in 2011, Sharp was recruited by his old playing colleague, Steve Rhodes, who took Sharp to Worcestershire onto their coaching team. When Rhodes was sacked in 2018, Sharp was upgraded to Head Coach. He held this post for 4 years until he retired in 2022. During his time at New Road, the county was known as one which produced a stream of good quality home-grown talent.

It will be interesting to hear the thoughts of a man who has been involved in county cricket for almost 50 years. His coaching has nurtured much talent for the benefit of English cricket.

Ken Burney