RICHARD Hutton is in line to become Yorkshire's new president to replace the late John Hampshire.

The county have written to members to inform them that an extraordinary general meeting will be held at Headingley at 9am on Friday, April 7, the first day of the County Championship match against Hampshire.

Pudsey-born Hutton, now 74, played five Test matches for England in 1971 as an all-rounder, scoring two fifties and taking nine wickets against Pakistan and India.

A five-time County Championship winner with Yorkshire between 1962 and 1968, Hutton scored 8,646 runs and took 758 wickets in a career spanning 281 first-class and 111 List A appearances.

The son of Sir Leonard Hutton also played for Cambridge University and Transvaal.

In a letter to Yorkshire members, chairman Steve Denison said: "Richard Hutton was a talented all-rounder who played cricket for Bradford in the Bradford League, Cambridge University, the MCC, Yorkshire and England.

"As a batsman, he was equally at home as an opener or in the middle order.

"As a bowler, he had a high, smooth action which underpinned his ability as a medium/fast seamer and made him particularly effective with the new ball.

"Richard was also an excellent slip fielder, a position from which his dry wit could be effectively deployed for the entertainment of incoming batsmen.

"Having retired from cricket, Richard pursued a successful career in banking, accountancy and investment consultancy.

"He was also the editor of The Cricketer magazine for seven years, a founder member of the YCCC Players Association, the senior trustee of the YCCC Charitable Youth Trust, and he succeeded his father as patron of the Southern Group.

"He lives near Wetherby, is married to Charmaine and they have two grown-up sons.

"The unanimous recommendation of both the nominations committee and the board is that Richard should be appointed president for the coming year until the conclusion of the annual general meeting in 2018."

Yorkshire, meanwhile, hold their annual AGM at Headingley this Saturday, starting at 10am.

Hampshire's funeral takes place in Rotherham tomorrow at 1.45pm. This will be followed by a service for family and close friends at Rotherham Crematorium.

The funeral will be held at the Minster Church of All Saints, Church Street, Rotherham, S60 1PD.