Pipe spent seven seasons at Worcestershire as Steve Rhodes’ understudy, with lengthy spells in the side hard to come by.
He took eight catches against Hertfordshire in the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy in 2001 to set a new record for the competition, beating Alec Stewart’s tally of seven.
Pipe scored his maiden first-class century - 104 not out against Hampshire - two years later, but it was not until Rhodes retired at the end of the 2004 season that Pipe became first-choice wicket-keeper at New Road.
However, he joined Derbyshire ahead of the 2006 campaign, during which he played 13 championship matches and scored 500 runs.
The following season he improved on that tally with 577 runs in 14 games, including centuries in successive matches against Essex and Somerset to begin the season, while taking 42 catches and completing four stumpings.
He proved his worth with the bat again in 2008 - an average of 41 was bettered only by Chris Rogers and Jonathan Clare - despite a broken finger keeping him out of action for six weeks late in the season.
In 2009 he retired from the playing staff at Derbyshire to take up the physiotherapist's role at the county.