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1800 English cricket season

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1800 English cricket season
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The 1800 English cricket season is one of the more difficult years for analysis because of several matches involving prominent town clubs like Rochester, Woolwich, Homerton, Richmond, Storrington, Montpelier and Thames Ditton. All of these were marginal in terms of important status.



  • Most runs – William Barton 226 (HS 51)
  • Most wickets – John Ward 47 (BB 7–?)
  • Events

  • Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) made revisions to the Laws of Cricket which were republished in their entirety.
  • Robert Robinson is believed to have been the first batsman to try to introduce leg guards but his experiment was unsuccessful.
  • John Ward had an outstanding debut season by scoring 213 runs, taking 47 wickets and holding 9 catches. He was the leading bowler, second highest run-scorer and one of the best fielders.
  • William Beldham with 11 ct, 1 st was the leading fielder in 1800, just ahead of Thomas Ray who took 11 ct. Nottingham wicket-keeper Joseph Dennis made an impression with 3 ct, 7 st. John Ward took 9 catches in addition to his 47 wickets.
  • Two matches between northern teams were significant in terms of the spread of cricket throughout England. Nottingham v Sheffield was the first known 11-a-side game involving a Yorkshire county team. In the Leicester v Nottingham match, Leicester was dismissed for 15 and 8, an aggregate of 23 which Rowland Bowen described as "probably the lowest recorded aggregate for both innings in an important match".
  • Cricket may have been feeling the impact of Great Britain's war against the Napoleonic Empire through a loss of investment which was reducing the number of first-class matches with only 7 recognised in 1800.
  • Debutants

  • William Ayling (Kent)
  • George Beldham (Surrey)
  • Hon. H. Coventry (MCC; amateur)
  • Joseph Dennis (Nottingham Cricket Club)
  • William Jefferies (Nottingham)
  • James Lawrell (MCC; amateur)
  • Robert Smith (Nottingham)
  • Waller (Surrey)
  • John Ward (Kent)
  • Thomas Warsop (Nottingham)
  • Captain J. Weller (Surrey; amateur)
  • Additional reading

  • ACS (1981). A Guide to Important Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles 1709 – 1863. Nottingham: ACS. 
  • Altham, H. S. (1962). A History of Cricket, Volume 1 (to 1914). George Allen & Unwin. 
  • Birley, Derek (1999). A Social History of English Cricket. Aurum. 
  • Bowen, Rowland (1970). Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development. Eyre & Spottiswoode. 
  • Britcher, Samuel, A list of all the principal Matches of Cricket that have been played (1790 to 1805), annual series
  • Buckley, G. B. (1937). Fresh Light on pre-Victorian Cricket. Cotterell. 
  • McCann, Tim (2004). Sussex Cricket in the Eighteenth Century. Sussex Record Society. 
  • Major, John (2007). More Than A Game. HarperCollins. 
  • References

    1800 English cricket season Wikipedia

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