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Trevor Chappell bowls underarm

Listen to the appalled reaction of radio commentators to Trevor Chappell bowling underarm on the last ball of a one-day game between Australia and New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 1 February 1981. The game was the third of a five-match series final, and each team had won one game. There was already some ill-feeling when in Australia's innings the Australian captain Greg Chappell was ruled not out after a catch by Martin Snedden which television showed was legitimate. New Zealand still had six runs to tie and two wickets in hand when the final ball came to be bowled. To prevent Brian McKechnie, the New Zealand batsman, hitting a six, Greg Chappell told his brother Trevor to bowl the ball underarm. This was strictly within the rules of the game, but it was universally considered unsportsmanlike. Subsequently underam bowling was outlawed in one-day cricket. Largely ignored in the furore was the New Zealand batsman at the non-striker's end, Bruce Edgar, who was left 102 not out.

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Don Neely, 'Cricket - One-day cricket', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/38320/trevor-chappell-bowls-underarm (accessed 17 October 2017)

Story by Don Neely, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Apr 2016