Why are Dukes cricket balls better than the rest?

Manufacturing high quality and consistent cricket balls is a complex process. There are three main reasons that set Dukes apart from the rest.

  1. Hand stitched seams - one of the major reasons that Dukes cricket balls are a superior product compared to our major counterparts is that all Dukes cricket balls are hand stitched. It is without argument that hand stitched cricket balls represent the original and true concept of the best type of ball for cricket. Hand stitched seams create a level of structure and strength to the cricket ball that cannot be replicated in a machine stitched ball.
  2. Materials - Dukes source the finest quality raw materials. The importance of the quality of leather, rubber, cork and finishing polishes that are required to make the best cricket balls cannot be understated.
  3. Quality control - skilled workmanship along with stringent quality control measures ensures that Dukes are renowned for their quality and consistency. Near enough is never good enough.

Hand stitching process

  1. Quarter seam closing - the quarter seams of Dukes 4-piece cricket balls are stitched together by hand, not machine. This ensures that the leather quarters are pulled together very tightly and are therefore very unlikely to open during match usage.
  2. Seaming (main seam) - the two ball ‘halves’ are now joined and stitched together tightly by hand, creating the neat central inner joining seam of the ball.
  3. Hand stitching (main seam) - the outer rows of stitching are then formed by hand stitching, going backwards and forwards, so there are three layers of stitching going under the seam from both sides.

Machine stitched cricket balls do not have the structure and integrity of a hand stitched ball. They are prone quarter seams opening, balls softening excessively and offer no 'substance' under the seam. 

Dukes manufacture

View the manufacturing process of the iconic, hand made, Dukes cricket balls.