Glossary of Cricket Terms


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Call 1. v.i. (of a batsman) to shout or verbalise directions to the other batsman on whether they should attempt to take a run, not take a run, change their minds about taking a run, or any other indication of whether or not they should run.
2. v.t. to call to the other batsman. The striker called the non-striker through for a quick run.
3. n. the act of calling to the other batsman. They picked up a run after a good call.
4. n. the state of being the batsman whose role it is to call to the other batsman, usually being the striker if the ball is hit forward of square and the non-striker if the ball is hit behind square. The batsman got confused because the striker forgot it was the non-striker's call. 4. v.i. (of a fielder) to shout or verbalise to other fielders that one intends to take a catch, so as to avoid collisions between multiple fielders atempting to catch the same ball.
5. n. the act of calling to other fielders one's intention of taking a catch.

Cap 1. n. the cap worn by a cricket player for protection from the sun.
2. n. the cap awarded to a player when first selected to play for a side.
3. n. the state of having been selected to play for a specific side. The new player won his cap for good play in the junior levels. 4. v.t. to select a player to play for a specified side.

Captain 1. n. the player designated to lead a cricket side, making all strategic and tactical decision for his side within the game.
2. v.i. to act as a captain.
3. v.t. to act as the captain of a side.

Card 1. n. a tabular presentation of the most important statistics of an innings or match, including batsmen's scores, how they were dismissed, extras, number of overs bowled, total score, and bowling figures; a scorecard.

Carry The Bat 1. v. to bat throughout the entirety of a side's innings without getting out, being one of the openers and remaining the not out batsman when 10 wickets have fallen.

Carry The Drinks 1. v. to act as twelfth man in a cricket side, so called because one of the twelfth man's duties is to take drinks out to the players during drinks breaks.

Caught 1. adj. describing the method of getting out in which a fielder catches a ball hit by the batsman.
2. v.t. (of a fielder) to have taken a catch to get a batsman out. The fielder caught the batsman.
3. v.i. (of a batsman) to get out caught. The batsman was caught.

Caught And Bowled 1. adj. describing the state of having been out caught, with the catcher being the bowler.
2. v. (of a batsman) to get out caught and bowled. The batsman was caught and bowled.

Caught Behind 1. adj. describing the state of having been out caught, with the catcher being the wicket-keeper.
2. v. (of a batsman) to get out caught behind. The batsman was caught behind.

Century 1. n. a hundred runs scored by a single batsman in one innings; synonym for hundred.
2. n. a hundred runs scored by two batsmen together in a partnership.
3. adj. describing an innings or partnership in which a hundred runs have been scored. There was a century partnership for the third wicket.

Change Of Innings 1. n. the event of one side's innings ending and the other side's begining.
2. n. the 10-minute interval in play between successive innings.

Charge 1. v.i. (of a batsman) to take several steps down the pitch towards the bowler, either just before or as he delivers the ball, in an attempt to disrupt the length of the delivery or put himself in a better position to hit the ball.
2. v.t. to charge at the ball or the bowler. The batsman charged the bowler as he let go of the ball.

Chase 1. v.i. to bat in the last innings of a match and attempt to score the required number of runs to win. The other side batted first, so we were chasing.
2. v.t. to attempt to reach the required total number of runs to win. The side was chasing 250 runs.
3. n. the act of a side attempting to score the required number of runs to win a match; a run chase (2).

Cherry 1. n. colloquial term for cricket ball, especially a red one.
2. n. the red stain left by a cricket ball on a cricket bat after being hit.

Chin Music 1. n. colloquial term for bowling that is short and fast, and directed towards the batsman at around head height. Originally a West Indian term.

Chinaman 1. n. a left arm unorthodox spin bowler.
2. n. a ball bowled by a left arm unorthodox spin bowler with the wrist action of a leg break, producing a ball which spins from the off to the leg to a right-handed batsman.
3. n. a ball bowled by a left arm unorthodox spin bowler with the wrist action of a googly, producing a ball which spins from the leg to the off to a right-handed batsman. (This definition is inconsistent with chinaman(2), but both usages occur.)

Chuck 1. v.i. derogatory term for the action of a bowler who violates the rule prohibiting the straightening of the bowling arm during a delivery; to throw. That bowler chucks.
2. v.t. to chuck the ball.

Chucker 1. n. derogatory term for a bowler who violates the rule prohibiting the straightening of the bowling arm during a delivery.

Circle 1. n. an oval drawn on the field consisting of two semi-circles of radius 27.34m (30 yards) centred on the wickets, joined by parallel lines running parallel to the pitch, used to enforce field restrictions in a one-day match; the field restriction circle.

Clean Bowled 1. n. the state of a batsman having been out bowled, with the ball not having touched either the bat or pad on the way to hitting the wicket.

Close Of Play 1. n. the end of a day's play; stumps(3).
2. n. the score at the close of play.

Close The Face 1. v. to turn the face of the bat inwards towards the batsman's body, usually in order to hit the ball to the leg side.

Collapse 1. v.i. for several batsmen on the batting side to get out in quick succession. The middle order collapsed.
2. n. the event of several batsmen getting out in quick succession. The side was going well until they suffered a collapse.

Come Out 1. n. to walk on to the field, usually a batsman walking out to begin his innings batting; synonym of go in. The new batsman came out to bat.

Concede 1. v.t. (of a bowler) to have runs scored off one's bowling. The bowler conceded 50 runs in the innings.

Cordon 1. n. the arc of fielders behind the batsman on the off side, consisting of the slips and gully.

Corridor 1. n. the corridor of uncertainty.

Corridor of Uncertainty 1. n. the area just outside the batsman's off stump, where if a ball passes the batsman may be unsure whether or not he should play at it.

Cover 1. n. fielding position on the off side, about 30 degrees forward of square, a position designed to prevent runs from cover drives, and defensive strokes on the off side; fielding position between point and mid off.
2. n. a fielder fielding in the cover position.

Cover Drive 1. n. a type of batsman's shot played by swinging the bat down in a vertical arc, through the line of the ball, hitting the ball along the ground, in the direction of cover. cf. square drive, off drive, on drive
2. v.i. to play a cover drive shot.
3. v.t. to hit the ball with a cover drive.

Cover-Point 1. n. fielding position on the off side, about 15 degrees forward of square, between cover and point.
2. n. a fielder fielding in the cover-point position.

Covers 1. n. the area of the field near the cover and extra cover fielding positions.
2. n. the tarpaulins, plastic sheeting, or other devices used to cover the pitch during rain, to prevent the pitch getting wet.

Cow Corner 1. n. colloquial term for the region of the field foreward of deep square leg, where unskilled batsmen tend to hit the ball in the air when attempting to hit hard and score boundaries.

Cow Shot 1. n. colloquial term for a lofted shot played by a batsman towards cow corner.

Crease 1. n. one of the white lines marked on the pitch to denote different areas of play; either the bowling crease, popping crease, or return crease.
2. n. the popping crease.

Cricket 1. n. the name of the sport being defined; a team sport for two teams of eleven players each, with the goal of scoring more runs than the opposite team.

Cross 1. v.i. (of both batsmen) to pass the other batsman while running from one wicket to the other in an attempt to score runs. The batsmen crossed just before the fielder caught the ball.

Cross Bat 1. n. the bat being held horizontally and/or being swung in a horizontal arc. cf. straight bat.
2. adj. describing the bat being held or swung horizontally. He played a cross bat shot at that ball.

Cut 1. n. a type of batsman's shot played by swinging the bat in a horizontal arc to hit the ball to the point area or backward of point. The batsman used the cut to good effect.
2. adj. (of a batsman's shot) played with a horizontal bat to the point area or backward of point. The batsman played a cut shot.
3. v.i. to play a cut shot. The batsman cut ferociously.
4. v.t. to hit the ball with a cut. The batsman cut the ball ferociously.
5. n. sideways movement of the ball in its trajectory towards the batsman, caused by a fast bowler running his fingers down the side of the ball as he bowls it, thus giving it some spin. That ball had some cut on it.
6. v.t. to get the ball to move sideways by the bowler running his fingers down the side of the ball as he bowls it, thus giving it some spin. The bowler got movement by cutting the ball.
7. v.i. (of the ball) to move sideways off the pitch, often but not always due to cut(5) on the ball. That ball cut back in to the batsman.

Cutter 1. n. a ball with cut(5) on it. cf. leg cutter and off cutter.


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