1827 English cricket season
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 Lillywhiteand Jem Broadbridgeof Sussex, continued to use it with little, if any, opposition from the umpires. Underarm bowlingdid not cease, even if it had been superseded. In fact, underarm survived roundarm. Underarm as a tactical alternative to overarm continued into the 20th century.
*Champion County - Sussex
[http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Seasons/Seasonal_Averages/ENG/1827_f_Match_List.html 1827 match list]
Tom Marsdenwas the leading runscorer with 308 runs @ 25.66; ahead of Kent's James Saunders who had 299 @ 24.91 including the season's only first-class century.
William Ashbyof Kent was the leading wicket-taker with 29; ahead of Sussex's Jem Broadbridgewith 27.
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Seasons/1827_ENG.html CricketArchive – season summaries]
Arthur Haygarth, "Scores & Biographies, Volume 2 (1827-1840)", Lillywhite, 1862
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