Foxes Flashback - Aubrey Sharp
Today marks the birthday of former-Leicestershire captain and batsman Aubrey Sharp (23/3/1889).
Sharp was a great character and was well loved within the Leicestershire area having been born just 17 miles from Grace Road in Whitwick.
Sharp began his career with Leicestershire in 1908 and went on to make 131 appearances which spanned from before World War I and after World War II. Although, the games he played in 1945 were not classed as First-Class fixtures.
He was one of the first players in the club's history to score an unprecedented double-hundred which came in 1911 against Derbyshire – the bat he used for this immense innings can now be found on display in the Charles Palmer Suite.
Sharp was involved in a match at the outbreak of WW1. Leicestershire, at the time, only needed 84 to win and he believed in his teammates so much that he left the match and ground early to join his regiment.
Unfortunately, his confidence was misplaced, and Leicestershire lost by 4 runs!
He also left his kit behind which was returned to him upon his return in 1919. This seemed to please him, as he went on to post 139.
Sharp was officially made captain of Leicestershire in 1921, although he captained them on many other occasions.
Like the county, he had a particular interest in developing young players, hence captaining the Minor Counties (2nd XI) team to their championship win in 1931.
IMAGE | Team photo of the 1931 Minor Counties Championship winning team.