1827 English cricket season
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The roundarm controversy came to a head before the 1827 English cricket season and MCC agreed to the staging of three trial matches between Sussex and All-England. Roundarm's supporters made the grandiose claim that their campaign was a march of intellect. What the bowlers were really after was of course to claim an advantage over the batsmen.
No firm conclusions were drawn in the immediate aftermath of the trials and it was many years before roundarm was formally legalised. But, in practice, roundarm was adopted in 1827 as its practitioners, especially William Lillywhite and Jem Broadbridge of Sussex, continued to use it with little, if any, opposition from the umpires.
Underarm bowling did not cease, even if it had been superseded. In fact, underarm survived roundarm. Underarm as a tactical alternative to overarm continued into the twentieth century with George Simpson-Hayward being the last major exponent.
On 22 August, George Rawlins playing for Sheffield against Nottingham became the first batsman to be out hit the ball twice in a first-class game. This has since occurred only six more times in English first-class cricket, and not since 1906.
Clubs and teams
- William Austin (cricketer)
- Batt (MCC cricketer)
- Charles Henville Bayly
- James Bird (cricketer)
- James Brittain
- Thomas Calhoun
- Henry Crook
- John Crouch (cricketer)
- George Dawson (cricketer)
- John Deedes
- Thomas Denne
- Octavius Eaden
- William Webb Ellis
- John Emmerson
- J. Fisher (Yorkshire cricketer)
- Thomas Foster (Nottinghamshire cricketer)
- John Freer
- Henry Hall (cricketer, born 1810)
- Edwin Handley
- William Hewitt (cricketer)
- J. Horn (Cambridgeshire cricketer)
- Edward Horsman
- James Jardine (cricketer)
- Samuel Kingdon
- Henry Knatchbull
- Henry Knight (cricketer)
- William Lewis (cricketer)
- John Mayers
- Henry Norman (cricketer)
- William North (cricketer)
- John Papillon (cricketer)
- Edward Pickering (cricketer)
- Thomas Pierpoint
- W. Pilkington (Oxford University cricketer)
- Edward Pole
- Rice Price
- Philip Ray (cricketer)
- Thomas Sell
- William Sheraton
- G. Skinner (Yorkshire cricketer)
- George Smith (Yorkshire cricketer, born 1799)
- George Sussum
- Henry Tamplin
- Charles Templeton (cricketer)
- Thompson (Cambridge University cricketer, 1827)
- Chauncey Townshend
- Thomas Trueman
- William Upton
- Thomas Vigne
- J. Webster (Yorkshire cricketer)
- Charles Wordsworth
- John Wright (Yorkshire cricketer)
- Nottingham v Sheffield in 1827
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