1780 English cricket season
|27–28 June (Tu-W)||Odiham & Alton v Alresford #||Odiham Down||WDC||Alresford won by 6 wkts|
|27–28 June (Tu-W)||Duke of Dorset v Sir H Mann||Sevenoaks Vine||SB43||Mann's XI won by 7 wkts|
Duke of Dorset’s XI 93 (W Bowra 33) & 92 (W Bullen 34; Berwick 3w); Sir Horace Mann’s XI 105 (J Aylward 47) & 81-3 (J Miller 24*)
|11–12 July (Tu-W)||Alresford v Odiham & Alton #||The Nythe, near Alresford||FLPV||O&A won by 100 runs|
|11 July (Tu)||Kent v Maidstone||Bishopsbourne Paddock||KCM||result unknown|
|3 August (Th)||Kent v Maidstone||Bishopsbourne Paddock||KCM||result unknown|
|8 August (Tu)||Maidenhead v Chertsey||Priestwood Common||WDC||Maidenhead won by 5 runs|
This was a single innings match. The Maidenhead team here is a forerunner of the noted Oldfield Club which became prominent in the mid-1780s. Oldfield played at Oldfield Bray which is near Maidenhead and their strength was such that they were representative of Berkshire as a county. A handful of Maidenhead’s players in this game later played for the Oldfield Club.
|15 August (Tu)||Kent v Maidstone||Bishopsbourne Paddock||CQ||result unknown|
|21–23 August (M-W)||Duke of Dorset v Sir H Mann||Bishopsbourne Paddock||SB44||Dorset's XI won by 14 runs|
Duke of Dorset’s XI 97 (Earl of Tankerville 30, W Bedster 23; Gibson 5w, R Clifford 4w) & 163 (W Pattenden 32, W Bullen 30, E Stevens 25, W Bedster 24; Gibson 3w, R Clifford 2w); Sir Horace Mann’s XI 149 (B Rimmington 62, Mr R Hosmer 36; E Stevens 2w) & 97 (W Yalden 22*; W Bedster 3w, E Stevens 2w)
|31 Aug - 1 Sept (Th-F)||All-England v Hampshire||Bishopsbourne Paddock||SB45||All-England won by 165 runs|
All-England 197 (W Yalden 52, W Bowra 31, T Rimmington 25, R Clifford 25; R Nyren 3w) & 144 (J Miller 37, W Yalden 34, J Aylward 24; W Lamborn 2w); Hampshire 80 (John Small 22; R Clifford 4w) & 96 (E Aburrow 36, N Mann 33; R Clifford 3w, E Stevens 2w)
|20–22 September (W-F)||Hampshire v All-England||Stoke Down||SB46||All-England won by 51 runs|
All-England 179 (J Miller 50, R Clifford 33*, E Stevens 31, J Aylward 26, W Bedster 24; W Lamborn 4w) & 101 (B Rimmington 38; R Nyren 4w); Hampshire 169 (E Aburrow 42, T Sueter 36, N Mann 30; E Stevens 4w, R Clifford 2w) & 60 (R A Veck 23; E Stevens 6w)
With 10 wickets and a first innings knock of 31, there is no doubt that Lumpy was the man of this match!
|21 September (Tu)||Odiham & Alton v Alresford #||Odiham Down||WDC||O&A won by 10 runs|
# Hampshire players Richard Veck and Thomas Taylor played for Alresford in these games. The Odiham & Alton teams include players called Beldam and Wells. Wells was probably James, elder brother of John; Beldam must have been George Beldam, elder brother of William who was still only 14 in 1780.
- 2 Sept (Th) : Five of Kent v Five of Hambledon Club @ Bishopsbourne Paddock. Match drawn (only one innings each completed).
Clubs and teams
- John Freemantle (Hampshire)
- Gibson (Kent)
- Richard Hosmer (Kent)
- Richard Stanford (Kent)
- B. Rimmington (Kent)
- T. Rimmington (Kent)
- William Pattenden (Kent)
Duke & Son of Penshurst made the first-ever six-seam cricket ball and it was presented to the Prince of Wales (i.e., the future King George IV of England).
Several games have been recorded between the Duke of Dorset and Sir Horace Mann, though the match titles vary as before. Two of the matches have surviving scorecards which are in S&B.
Note that many scorecards in the 18th century are unknown or have missing details and so it is impossible to provide a complete analysis of batting performances: e.g., the missing not outs prevent computation of batting averages. The "runs scored" are in fact the runs known.
|79||Edward "Curry" Aburrow|
Note that the wickets credited to an 18th-century bowler were only those where he bowled the batsman out. The bowler was not credited with the wickets of batsmen who were caught out, even if it was "caught and bowled". In addition, the runs conceded by each bowler were not recorded so no analyses or averages can be computed.
|9||Gibson (Mann's XI)|
Note that many scorecards in the 18th century are unknown or have missing details and so the totals are of the known catches and stumpings only. Stumpings were not always recorded as such and sometimes the name of the wicket-keeper was not given. Generally, a catch was given the same status as "bowled" with credit being awarded to the fielder only and not the bowler. There is never a record of "caught and bowled"the bowler would be credited with the catch, not with the wicket.
- First-class cricket was officially defined in May 1894 by a meeting at Lord's of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the county clubs which were then competing in the County Championship. The ruling was effective from the beginning of the 1895 season. Pre-1895 matches of the same standard have no official definition of status because the ruling is not retrospective and the important matches designation, as applied to a given match, is based on the views of one or more substantial historical sources. For further information, see First-class cricket, Forms of cricket and History of cricket.
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