Lob bowling

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In cricket, Lob bowling is a largely disused style of bowling. It became illegal under Law 24.1 to use underarm bowling without prior agreement before the match.

The last regular bowler of lobs in international cricket was George Simpson-Hayward in the period before the First World War and he bowled under arm bowling with a lower trajectory than most earlier lob bowlers, imparting great spin to the ball with constant variation of pace as well.

Others famous "lobsters" include Digby Jephson. As an underarm bowler he had an action a little like setting a wood in crown green bowling.

It was used in the game in the 19th Century, where trajectory was the most important consideration. Lob bowlers, both right and left-handed, sometimes attempted to pitch the ball on the stumps from as great a height as possible, preferably with the ball descending behind the batsman standing at the crease.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a story about a similar style of bowling called The Story Of Spedegue's Dropper

Today the laws pertaining to the bowling of "beamers" would be likely to render that kind of bowling illegal, and it would probably be deemed a no ball. In accordance with Law 42.6b(ii), a slow ball, that passes the batsman's shoulder height on the full is a no ball (a fast ball can not pass above the waist on the full (Law 42.6b(i))).

Lob bowling is still sometimes found in village cricket; these deliveries are known as donkey-drops. More usually...
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