1780 English cricket season

The 1780 English cricket season was the ninth in which matches have been awarded retrospective first-class cricket status. The scorecards of four first-class matches have survived. The first six-seam cricket balls were used during the season.


Four first-class match scorecards survive from 1780, two of them matches between England sides and Hampshire XIs and two between sides organised by John Sackville, 3rd Duke of Dorset and Horatio Mann.[1][2]

Four other matches are known to have been played during the season, including one between a Kent XI and a Surrey XI and three involving Berkshire XIs, including one against an Oxfordshire XI.[7]

Other events

Duke & Son of Penshurst made the first six-seam cricket ball during the year. It was presented to the Prince of Wales.[8][9]


Other events

Duke & Son of Penshurst made the first six-seam cricket ball and it was presented to the Prince of Wales.


  1. ^ Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians (ACS) (1981) A Guide to Important Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles 1709 – 1863. Nottingham: ACS.
  2. ^ Results, English Domestic Season 1780, CricInfo. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  3. ^ Duke of Dorset's XI v Sir Horatio Mann's XI, CricInfo. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  4. ^ Sir Horatio Mann's XI v Duke of Dorset's XI, CricInfo. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  5. ^ England v Hampshire XI, CricInfo. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  6. ^ Hampshire XI v England, CricInfo. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  7. ^ Other matches in England 1780, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  8. ^ Howard R (2016) The Duke cricket ball, Penshurst Living Archive. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  9. ^ Duke and Son, Grace's Guide. Retrieved 2019-03-11.

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