Cricket Terms

Back-up –   When a bowler releases his delivery, the batsman at the bowling end leaves the crease in anticipation of a run taking a few steps towards opposite wicket.

Beamer – Fast, head high delivery

Bouncer – After a delivery , ball pitched short and fast so that it will bounces on the pitch well short of the batsman and reaches up to  the batter’s chest or head or higher.

Boundary – is a ground ball hit over the boundary line or a ball onto or over the boundary line . A six or a four.

Century – A batter makes a century when he scores 100 runs.

Cutter – Medium paced delivery that spins or bounces into or away from the batter.

Dead pitch – One that bounces low and straight making it easier to hit.

Declaration – It is a strategy employed in which the batting team may stop before all the batsmen are out . Usually done to allow enough time to get the opponents out.

Duck – Referred when the batter gets out without scoring any run.

 The term is a shortening of the term “duck’s egg”, the latter being used long before Test cricket began. When referring to the Prince of Wales’s (the future Edward VII) score of nought on 17 July 1866, a contemporary newspaper wrote that the Prince “retired to the royal pavilion on a “duck’s egg””. The name is believed to come from the shape of the number “0” being similar to that of a duck’s egg. The Concise Oxford Dictionary still cites “duck’s egg” as an alternative version of the term

Fall of wicket – Refers to an out, of the batter.

Follow on – Follow-on is a term used in the sport of cricket to describe a situation where the team that bats second is forced to take its second batting innings immediately after its first, because the team was not able to get close enough (within 200 runs for a five-day match) to the score achieved by the first team batting in the first innings. It is applicable only in the longer (more traditional) two-innings-each match.

Four – is a ground ball that goes into or beyond the boundary line, this automatically scores a four run.

 Grubber – A delivery that has rolled on the ground.

Hat trick – It occurs when a bowler takes three wickets on three successive deliveries.

Leg – bye – Leg-bye is a run scored from a delivery that hits the batter’s body.

Leg stump – The pole of the wicket closest to the batter when he takes guard.

Maiden – Is an over in which no runs are scored off the bat.

No ball – It signifies an illegal delivery , where the batting team gets an automatic run.

Offside – From the point of view of a right-handed batsman facing the bowler, the right hand side of the cricket field (being to the bowler’s left). With a left-handed batsman the off side is to the batter’s left.

Off Stump – is the pole of the wicket farthest from the batter.

On side – is the half of the playing area behind the batter?

Over – An over is a set of fairly delivered balls to on wicket.

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Pitch – is the area between two wickets.  – 1 chain or 22 yards (20.12 m) long and 10 feet (3.05 m) wide. The surface is very flat and normally covered with extremely short grass though this grass is soon removed by wear at the ends of the pitch.

Quick Single – a run scored on a shallow hit.

Shooter – is a fast delivery that stays low.

Short run – occurs when a batter fails to touch part of his body or bat behind the popping crease when running. It is not scored.

Six – Six runs are automatically scored when a fly ball goes on the full onto or beyond a boundary line.

Sticky wicket – is a damp pitch that is drying out causing the ball to bounce and become difficult to hit.

Stone walling – is batting with the intention of not getting out, rather than trying to score runs.

Strike rate – is the average number of runs a batter makes per 100 deliveries.

Stump – is the name for a wicket’s individual poles. A wicket is often referred to as the stumps.

Wide – A wide is called when the bowler does not deliver the ball within reach of the batter. This results in a penalty run for the opponents.

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