How the war on pitching by an umpire got a bowler out of the running by 16 no balls


Jim Phillips could not stand cricket’s crooked elbows, and Arthur Mold had to bear the brunt of his wrath in 1901.

Ernest Jones was the first bowler in Test history to earn a no-ball for a throw this week in 1898, an early skirmish in a one-man war fought by James, Jim, or Jem Phillips, the Anglo-Australian cricketer, umpire, and warrior against crooked elbowing who once went without a winter for two full decades, only to break that streak as emphatically as possible by giving up cricket and mo

“The Athletic News called Phillips a “zealot for purity” after his retirement, who “suffered from a distorted vision that was the product of bigotry and passion.” On the other hand, the Observer described the no-ball decision against Jones as “a brave move that reverberated through two hemispheres,” and when news of his death broke in 1930, the Guardian wrote that he was “a man of fine physique,

The call came, and not only because, a few months earlier, the same umpire had given the same bowler a no-ball in a tour match. “Did I go too far over the line, Jim?” Jones asked when he heard the call. “You put the ball more than a foot behind the line,”You put the ball more than a foot behind the line.

“In the late 1890s, WG Grace wrote, “The law banning no-balling was out of date, and the time had come when cricketing interests demanded drastic measures to suppress throwing and avoid something like dubious delivery.” Those drastic measures took human form in the form of Phillips, once a respectable bowler for Victoria and Middlesex, once described as “a tall, thick-set colonial with red hair and re”

Fred Spofforth – the Australian fast bowler who had settled in England – wrote an article for Sporting Life a year before England’s second test in Melbourne and Phillips’ notorious call, wondering if the MCC will “legalize pitching altogether.” “There is hardly a first-class county that does not have a pitcher among its cricketers,” he wrote, calling both Australian spinner Tom McKibbin and English.

“strap Jones’ arm from wrist to below shoulder and he would bowl as fast as ever,”strap Jones’ arm from wrist to below shoulder and bowl as easily as eveve

Overdue as it was, the call was angered by cricketers and journalists in Australia, given that Jones had toured England without any problems – while Phillips had umpired some of his matches there – and that many high-profile Englishmen had gone unpunished despite acts that were generally considered suspicious – apart from Peel, CB Fry, Dick Attewell and Arthur Mold were men They didn’t need to think about it: Phillips would come for them.

Phillips refused the ball to Fry twice that summer, two other umpires called out the same player, and the English magazine Cricket reported on “the apparent determination of the umpires to make their voices heard on the question of pitching.” This determination was not exactly unanimous-there was one match in which Ted Tyler of Somerset was not tossed from square leg twice by Phillips, just because.

In December 1900, the county captains met to address the issue of pitching and compiled a list of players, including Mold and Fry, who would not be able to bowl the following summer.

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