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.
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 'donkey drops', pitching the ball on the stumps from as great a height as possible, preferably with the ball descending behind the batsman standing at the crease.
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))).
Charles Palmer (1919-2005), who played for Worcestershire and Leicestershire, sometimes used donkey-drops to good effect.
Lob bowling is still sometimes found in village cricket; these deliveries are known as donkey-drops. More usually these are over-arm deliveries; but round-arm is also possible and would more closely approximate a traditional lob.
- Scyld Berry (April 1987). "Lobs - Past and Future?". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2007-11-26.