James Broadbridge      

Full name James Broadbridge

Born date unknown

Date Christened June 25, 1795, Duncton, Sussex

Died February 12, 1843, Duncton, Sussex

Major teams Godalming, Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Batting style Right-hand bat

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 Ct St
First-class 102 184 23 2671 135 16.59 1 51 0
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5w 10
First-class 102 261+ 324 6/? 18.64* 8 1
Career statistics
First-class debut Lord F Beauclerk's XI v G Osbaldeston's XI at Goodwood, Jul 22-23, 1814 scorecard
Last First-class Nottinghamshire XI v Sussex at Nottingham, Jul 27-28, 1840 scorecard

With William Lillywhite, James Broadbridge was largely responsible for making Sussex a force to be reckoned with in the first half of the 19th century. One of the first round-arm bowlers of any note, in 1827 he was instrumental in bowling Sussex to back-to-back victories over All-England, although they lost the third when their opposition demanded that they bowl fairly (ie underarm). Despite the complaints, round-arm bowling was here to stay, and Broadbridge was one of its pioneers. A farmer by profession, he would often walk from his home in Duncton to Brighton to play.
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