1827 English cricket season

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1827 English cricket season

1827 was the 41st season of cricket in England since the foundation of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). The roundarm controversy came to a head before the season began 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, but what the bowlers really wanted was 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Underarm bowling did not cease, even if it had been superseded.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[1] became the first batsman to be out hit the ball twice in a first-class game.[2] This has since occurred only six more times in English first-class cricket, and not since 1906.

Important matches[edit]

1827 match list

Leading batsmen[edit]

Yorkshire's Tom Marsden was 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.

Leading bowlers[edit]

William Ashby of Kent was the leading wicket-taker with 29; ahead of Sussex’s Jem Broadbridge with 27.

First mentions[edit]


Clubs and teams[edit]




  1. ^ Nottingham v Sheffield in 1827
  2. ^ Wynne-Thomas, Peter; The Rigby A-Z of Cricket Records; p. 93 ISBN 072701868X
  3. ^ Bowen, p. 270.


  • Haygarth, Arthur (1862). Scores & Biographies, Volume 2 (1827–1840). Lillywhite. 

Additional reading[edit]

  • ACS (1981). A Guide to Important Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles 1709 – 1863. Nottingham: ACS. 
  • Altham, H. S. (1962). A History of Cricket, Volume 1 (to 1914). George Allen & Unwin. 
  • Birley, Derek (1999). A Social History of English Cricket. Aurum. 
  • Bowen, Rowland (1970). Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development. Eyre & Spottiswoode. 
  • Major, John (2007). More Than A Game. HarperCollins. 

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