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10 Cricket Terms That May Hit You For Six

There is a degree of uncertainty regarding cricket’s origins; however, it is said that the game was  first started in the southeast of England in the 16th century.

Young Cricketer. “Yes, I cocked one off the splice in the gully and the blighter gathered it.” Father. “Yes, but how did you get out? Were you caught, stumped or bowled, or what?” Photo credit: Project Gutenberg

Since then, cricket has spread globally, with the ICC, the game’s governing body reporting over 100 members.

This bat and ball game is filled with not only glorious uncertainties but also uses terms that are bound to puzzle the uninitiated or someone who is wet behind the ears.

Now, here are 10 key terms that will keep one in the loop.

1. Flat-track bully

A batsman high in the batting order who is very good only when the pitch is not giving the bowlers much help.

2. French Cut (also Chinese Cut, Surrey Cut, or Harrow Drive)

A term used for any poorly executed shot which results in an inside edge which narrowly misses hitting the stumps.

3. Hack

A batsman of generally low skill with an excessively aggressive approach to batting, commonly with a preference towards lofted cross bat shots.

4. Hoick

An unrefined shot played to the leg side usually across the line of the ball.

5. Jaffa (also corker)

An exceptionally well bowled, practically unplayable delivery, usually but not always from a fast bowler.

6. Mankad

The running-out of a non-striking batsman who leaves his crease before the bowler has released the ball.

7. Nurdle

To score runs by gently nudging the ball into vacant areas of the field. Also called milking around, e.g. “He milked the bowler around.”

8. Pie Chucker (or Pie Thrower)

A poor bowler, usually of slow to medium pace whose deliveries are flighted so much as to appear similar to a pie in the air.

9. Rib tickler

A ball bowled short of a length that bounces up higher than expected and strikes the batsman in the midriff (usually the side) and hits several ribs.

10. Vatta

The term for a delivery bowled with an illegal bowling action (see chuck) in parts of Pakistan and India. Derived from the Punjabi word for stone, i.e. a delivery bowled with a stone-throwing action.

Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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