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About The Cricket Dictionary

Documenting the delights of cricket, one definition at a time. Written by former Cricinfo, Times, Wisden and Johnny Miller 96* journalist John Houlihan.

Definition of the day: Curry goat cricket

  West Indian term for a friendly, low stakes game in which the food to be consumed off field, is more important than the result on it. A curry goat match is the Windies’ equivalent to the English Beer match … Continue reading

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Definition of the Day: Leg Side Lenny

Nickname for a batsman who favours the on side when scoring, with strokes like the on drive, pull, and leg glance most prominent. His mirror opposite is the Off Side Ollie (qv)

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Definition of the Day: Off Side Ollie

Nickname for a batsman who favours scoring through the off side, with strokes like the off-drive, square cut and cover drive, prominent amongst his repertoire. His mirror opposite is the Leg Side Lenny (qv)

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Definition of the Day: Captain’s innings

A telling batting contribution from a skipper, when all around him have perished, leading from the front to contribute a substantial portion of his side’s total. Strangely, there seems no bowling equivalent, perhaps reflecting the greater number of captain-batsman.

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Definition of the day: Weight of runs

Intangible pressure created by a team’s formidable total or in the shorter forms of the game, its monstrous run rate.

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Definition of the Day: hard hands

The quality of a batsman who lacks the certain delicacy of touch which would allow them to cushion, manoeuvre or persuade a ball, rather than the characteristic lunging at it they often display.

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Definition of the day: Tickle

A subtle dainty stroke which guides and persuades the ball rather than biffs it. May originate from the practice of tickling for trout where a certain delicacy of touch is required to land the fish. Frequently used with the qualifier, … Continue reading

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Definition of the day: soft signal

Preliminary indication of a Test umpire’s intuitive decision before he refers it upstairs to the video umpire for confirmation. This can lead to some curious anomalies, for example, no conclusive evidence of a catch being taken may exist on video … Continue reading

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Definition of the day: skin in the game

Having a direct interest in the result of a cricket match, usually as part of one of the teams involved. This phrase is used to describe backseat captaincy from beyond the boundary which always advocates more swashbuckling and radical decisions … Continue reading

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Definition of the Day: Upper lower order

Optimistic, self-bestowed title of a natural number 11 promoted to the giddy heights of number nine in the batting order. Usage: “At last, residing in my natural batting position. Oh yes, I’m part of the upper lower order now.”  

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