::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Underarm bowling did not cease, even if it had been superseded.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 4 June, Cambridge University versus Oxford University at Lord's was the first University Match. It became an annual fixture in 1838.

On 22 August, George Rawlins playing for Sheffield against Nottingham<ref>Nottingham v Sheffield in 1827</ref> became the first batsman to be out hit the ball twice in a first-class game.<ref>Wynne-Thomas, Peter; The Rigby A-Z of Cricket Records; p. 93 ISBN 072701868X</ref> This has since occurred only six more times in English first-class cricket, and not since 1906.

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