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It is well known that Bosanquet invented the googly around 1900, but does anyone know who first used the flipper? samarth harish shah: Clarrie Grimmett. In fact, he also "faked" his flipper, sometimes. He would bowl an ordinary flighted ball and snap the fingers of his _LEFT_ hand. The batsmen in those days, going purely by the sound, would play for the flipper and be beaten all ends up by the turn.