Glossary of Cricket Terms


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

Half Volley 1. n. the rising part of the trajectory of a ball immediately after it bounces.
2. v.t. to hit the ball as it rises immediately after bouncing.

Hand Grenade 1. n. colloquially, a ball, usually bowled by a spinner, that deviates off the pitch so much that it is very difficult for a batsman to play successfully, thus making the batsman extremely circumspect and afraid of getting out.

Handled The Ball 1. adj. describing the method of getting out in which a batsman deliberately touches the ball with a hand not holding the bat.

Hang The Bat Out To Dry 1. v.i. (of a batsman) to attempt to hit a ball outside off stump with the bat and miss it. cf. fish.

Hat Trick 1. n. the feat (of a bowler) of taking three wickets in three of his own successive balls in a single match, the balls may be separated by overs bowled by other bowlers or even the other side's innings.

Heavy Roller 1. n. the heavier of the rollers available for rolling the pitch to flatten it.

High Score 1. n. a statistic representing the most valuable batsman's innings in a given set - either over an individual's career, or a comparison between batsmen - being the highest number of runs scored in an individual batsman's innings.

Hit The Ball Twice 1. adj. describing the method of getting out in which the striker deliberately hits the ball with his bat a second time for a reason other than to protect his wicket.

Hit Wicket 1. adj. describing the method of getting out in which the striker hits his own wicket while attempting to play the ball or set off for a first run.
2. n. a wicket that fell by the method of hit wicket.

Hook 1. n. a type of batsman's shot played by standing and swinging the bat in a hoizontal arc across the body, hitting the ball high in the air to the leg side, usually played to balls which bounce around head height.
2. v.i. to play a hook shot.
3. v.t. to hit the ball with a hook.

Hooker 1. n. a batsman who is skilled at or frequently plays hook shots.
2. n. any batsman in the context of playing a hook shot.

Howzat 1. interj. cry used by the fielding team to make an appeal to the umpire, requesting a decision on whether a batsman is out, abbreviated from the query "How is that?"

Hundred 1. n. a hundred runs scored by a single batsman in one innings.
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 hundred partnership for the third wicket.


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