Cricket Game Terms Part 2
These cricket game terms
and jargon are part of sports gamerisms, Define Your Game!
Part 2 completes cricket gamerisms provided for players and fans who
dream of being an all-rounder.
Cricket Terms: D - F
Cricket Game Terms: G - H
- Dead Ball:
when there are no runs to be scored or wickets
occurs when an inning ends prior to all
batting players counted as out.
- Dibbly Dobbly:
a bowler of medium pace without variations.
refers to a very easy catch for a fielder.
bowled delivery curving away from a
right-hander and does not turn.
cricket game score of 0.
Lewis: refers to the method of calculating
targets during rainy matches.
- Extras Runs:
not scored by batsmen.
a very good wicket to bat on, offering little
help to the bowlers.
- Free Hit:
a penalty delivery in which the batsman can only
be run out.
- Full Toss:
ball that does not bounce before reaching the
Cricket Game Terms: I - L
jargon for repair of grooves in the pitch caused
by the ball or studs using the bat.
- Good Length:
refers to the bowler’s aim to force the
batsman to decide between play forwards or back.
jargon for difference that turns into the
right-hander and away from the left-hander.
cricket game ball that barely bounces.
- Half Volley:
ideal length for driving, but falls short of a
- Handled the Ball: a deliberate hand-touch by a batsman that
could result in an out.
- Hat Trick: three
wickets taken by a bowler in three
- Heavy Ball: unexpected
strong motion that hits the bat.
- Hit the Ball
Twice: a deliberate double strike by a batsman
to gain runs that could result in a given out.
- Hit the Deck:
movement that results in an additional bounce
from the pitch.
Cricket Game Terms: M - N
- Inside Out:
ball movement past the off resulting in the
batsman playing open-chested.
Shot: term for batsman’s stroke around leg stump
into the off side.
an unplayable delivery by the bowler.
- Leading Edge:
ball is hit in the opposite direction
intended by the batsman.
term for when batsmen run after the ball that has
deflected off the pad. Not counted against the bowler.
ball movement from leg to off for a
term for ball movement that moves away from the
batsman towards the offside.
area of pitch behind the batsman's legs.
described as short, full or good, this term refers
to ball pitches down the wicket.
surprising upward movement of the ball.
attack utilized by bowler.
very easy ball to hit.
- Long Hop:
term for ball that pitches short and is available
flight path of the ball.
Cricket Game Terms: O
refers to a bowler who has taken five wickets in
ball delivery method to connect well. Middle also
refers to centre of the field.
A complicated batting track where proper shots
are difficult to put into play.
- New Ball:
put in play usually after every 80 overs.
faint edge off the bat.
term for promotion of a non-batsman into the
illegal delivery, usually a bowler error.
movement of the ball around and into gaps.
Cricket Game Terms: P
act of blocking a fielder to prevent a catch
being made or a
run-out being affected.
- Occupy the
Crease: occurs when a batsman remains at the
wicket but scores slowly.
ball turning into the right-hander from off
off break delivered with speed.
- Off the mark:
first run score by batsman.
side of the pitch, either to batsman's right or
same as leg-side.
- On the Up:
hitting the ball while on the rise.
occurs for obstruction, bowled, hit the ball twice, hit
wicket, handled the ball, caught, stumped, run out and timed
- Outside Edge:
hit on the edge of the bat furthest away from
Cricket Game Terms: R
terms for a sweep shot.
jargon for a batsman who gets a duck in both innings.
- Pie Chucker:
a part time bowler who bowls slowly.
- Pinch-hitters: batsman
promotion to go for some quick runs.
term for the bounce of the ball.
- Play On: batsman
hitting the stumps and he is bowled.
ball pitch that proves to be complicated to score
Cricket Game Terms: S
- Return Crease
Parallel: area which bowler's back foot must
land, otherwise a no-ball is called.
- Rip Big:
wrist action resulting in superior revolutions on
- Ring Field:
standard fielding arrangement.
term for flattening the playing surface with a heavy
term for marking the perimeter of the field.
pitch area that is messy because of bowler
term for a pre-determined time or maximum number
of overs set near the end of the game or day.
- Run Rate:
the number of runs required per over.
bowlers position while awaiting ball
term for substitute cricket player for an injured
Cricket Game Terms: T - Z
stitching located between the two halves of a cricket
easy fielder catch.
refers to the verbal abuse used to disrupt the
cricket player’s concentration.
back/Standing up: term for two wicketkeeper
positions for fast bowler or spinners respectively.
defense of one's wicket.
- Strike rate:
number of runs a batsman scores per 100 balls.
another name for extras conceded by the bowling
term for ball movement that curves through the air
rather than off the seam.
Cricket Game Terms, go to Rugby game terms
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- Timed Out: a
mode of dismissal for a batsman failing to
appear on the ground two minutes after a batsman has been dismissed.
a robust ball hit.
term for graph of region where a batsman has
term for batsman giving himself out without an
Wicket: a batsman who could get out of any delivery.
term for distance of 22 yards between the stumps.
ball delivery pitched too far away for the batsman to
score resulting in an extra and a re-bowl.
- Wrist Spin: ball
delivery by a flick of the wrist as
opposed to a tweak of the fingers.
a ball with a very low bounce, said to be almost
running along the ground.
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