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Cricket Terminology Beginners Guide

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Maybe you love cricket and want to brush up on the lingo or maybe you just want to know what all those fancy cricket terms you've heard actually mean. By the end of this cricket terminology article you'll be an expert in cricket terms. The article has been written in alphabetical list form so that if you ever hear a cricket term and want to look it up quickly you can do.

Here goes,

All rounder

This cricket term is used to describe a player that is good at almost every position that there is to play in a game of cricket. An all rounder is a great asset to the team.

Bails

These are part of the wicket, the bails are made up of two pieces of wood that sit directly on top of the stumps.

Batting

This term refers to the hitting of a cricket ball with a cricket bat.

Bouncer

This is used to describe when a fast played ball is aimed at the upper body of the batsman. This cricket term is also refered to as bumper.

Boundary

Is the outer perimeter of the playing area, depending on the cricket ground this can be marked out with a rope, fence or a sprayed white line. As this implies.

Bowled

If the bowler manages to knock the bails from the stumps then the batter is said to have been bowled, the current batters turn ends at this point.

Bowling

This is the act of throwing the cricket ball towards the wickets, trying to knock the bails from them.


Bowling Crease

This is a marked line that the bowler must bowl from behind. The line is painted at a distance of  8 feet 8 inches from either side of the wickets.

Bye

This cricket term is when the batsman manages to score a run after the ball is thrown straight past the batter without hitting the bat or his body.

Carrying One's Bat

A term used to describe an opening batsman that remains undefeated throughout his side's innings.

Century

This term is used in many sports as well as cricket to refer to a hundred points being scored. In cricket terms it is when the batsman scores 100 points in one innings.

Duck

This cricket term is every cricket players nightmare. It is given to a batsman if they fail to score any points during their innings.

Extra

This counts as a run but is not given to a particular batsman.

Fielding

When a team isn't batting they are bowling and fielding. Fielding is the retrieving of the ball and returning it to the bowler. If a fielder manages to catch the ball before it hits the ground then the batsman is deemed to be out.

Full toss  

This cricket term refers to a ball that reaches the batsman without touching the ground or bouncing.

Hat-trick

When the bowler manages to take down three wickets and take out three bowlers consecutively.

Leg before wicket or (LBW)

This cricket term describes when the batsman's leg is believed to have stopped the cricket ball from hitting the stump. This is a foul by the batsman and that players turn to bat ends at that point.

Leg Bye 

When a run is obtained after the cricket ball has hit any part of the batters body apart from their leg.

Leg stump

The stump to the left side of the batsman.

Leg trap

This cricket term refers to a group of fielders that are strategically stood on the leg side of the wicket.

Maiden over 

Another term the batting team does not want to hear. It means that during the over no runs have been scored.

No Ball 

A ball that has been bowled incorrectly and therefore a run is awarded to the batting team.

Over

This is the term given to a period of play. In league cricket an over is usually made up of six consecutive deliveres by a bowler from one end of the field.

Pitch 

This is the area on the field between the two painted creases.

Runs

Runs refer to scoring by running. When the batsman manages to run from one wicket to the other he is said to have scored a run. Multiple runs can be scored at once.

Runner

This term is given to a player who has being appointed to run for a batsman who has become injured during a match. The runner must be equipped in the same way as the batsman so that he is not at any advantage whats so ever.

Run-up 

This refers to the point as the bowler runs up to throw the cricket ball.

Sight-screen

This is a large white screen that helps the batsman to see the ball as it is bowled towards him. It is placed beyond the boundary so not to interfere with the game.

Single

This is the term given to a single run made by a batsman.

Slip

This is the name given to a strategically placed fielder positioned to retrieve balls that come off the cricket bat from the offside.

Stumped

If the cricket ball touches the stump whilst the batsman is not inside the crease area he is said to have been stumped. After being stumped the batsman's turn is over.

Stumps

Are three upright pieces of wood. The bails sit on top of these in order to form the wicket.

Wicket 

The wickets are made up of three wooden posts 710mm high and placed equally apart so that they make a width of 230mm. On top of the wickets are two wooden bails. In a game of cricket two wickets are set up at each end of the crease. They are placed 20.1 meters apart.

Wide

This term is called out by the umpire when a ball is thrown high or wide of the wicket to the extent that the batsman cannot reasonably hit it. If the term wide is called by the umpire then a run is awarded to the batsman.

Yorker

This cricket term is when a cricket ball is thrown so that it intentionally goes under the cricket bat.

Thankyou for reading this far. You have now reached the end of my cricket terms list. I hope that you enjoyed reading my article. There is a lot of terminology to take in so why don't you consider bookmarking the list so that you can refer to it at a later date.


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