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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: 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: 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: 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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Definition of the Day: Scissored-off

  An ignominious dismissal, whereby bat goes one way, body the other in an ungainly mass of flailing limbs and scything woodwork – presaging imminent departure to the pavillion.

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Definition of the day: A game of inches

Phrase which describes the fine margins between success and failure in the greatest of all games both literally and figuratively.

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Definition of the Day: cricket widow

A long suffering partner (and sometime sandwich maker), forever doomed to stand in the shadow of the greatest of all games. The male equivalent is the cricket widower.

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