Duke of Dorset      

Full name John Frederick Sackville (3rd Duke of Dorset)

Born March 24, 1745

Died July 19, 1799, Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent (aged 54 years 117 days)

Major teams Kent

Also known as succeeded to title in 1769

Education Westminster School

Relation Father - Sackville, JP

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 23 43 1 434 77 10.33 0 1 6 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM 4w 5w 10
First-class 23 15 0+ 0+ 24 4/? 6/? 2 0 0
Career statistics
First-class debut Surrey XI v Kent XI at Laleham, Jun 21-22, 1773 scorecard
Last First-class Hampshire XI v England at Hambledon, Aug 26-29, 1783 scorecard

A direct contemporary of Lord Tankerville's, John Sackville was educated at Westminster where he shone at cricket and billiards, although one contemporary noted he was "not in possession of any brains". In 1983, the Whitehall Evening Post reported that "in the estimation of many people, the Duke of Dorset is the most extraordinarily accomplished nobleman we have at cricket, tennis and billiards. His Lordship has hardly any equal." In 1784 he was appointed as ambassador to France, although he spent most summers back in England playing or watching cricket. In 1789 he is widely credited with arranging a cricket tour to France to promote the game. On August 10, the tour party were about to leave Dover when they encountered Dorset coming the other way, fleeing the French Revolution. His father was equally obsessive with the game. In 1745 he reportedly dismissed his mistress after she ran him out.
Martin Williamson

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