Common Cricket Terminology K-N

Your Guide to Cricket Jargon Made Easy

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A term used to describe the batting innings of an individual player.

Leg (Leg Side)
The part of the field which is behind the batsman when he faces the bowler when batting. Also known as the On side.

LBW - Leg Before Wicket
Better known as Leg Before Wicket. This is a method of dismissal where the ball when having been bowled would normally strike the stumps if not for the fact it strikes the batsmanís leg first.

Leg Break
A delivery from a spin bowler, which turns off the surface of the wicket from the leg side to the off side.

Leg Cutter
A delivery from a pace bowler which deviates from the leg side to the off side after leaving the surface of the pitch.

Used to describe the part of the pitch where the ball either struck or would have struck prior to reaching the batsman.

Lofted (Lofted Shot)
A delivery struck in such a way it travels high in the air for some distance.

When applied to a bowler, describes an over where no runs have been  scored by the batsman from any delivery. For batsman, it refers to a maiden innings or maiden century, both being the very first occasion of  each.

Mental Disintegration
A term believed to have been first used by Australian Captain Steve Waugh, to describe the art of sledging.

Middle Order
Refers to the batting positions or batsmen numbered between 5 and 7.

Generally applied to any area where cricket is practised. These areas are  normally surrounded by netting, therefore leading to the term nets.

New Ball
Simply, a completely new ball yet to be used in play, or one which has not been used for many overs.

A player sent into bat who generally bats down the bottom of the order, but, is promoted up the order usually near the end of a days play when a wicket has fallen.

Non Striker
A term used to describe the batsman waiting at the bowlers end.

The original word used for a run. So called, because a notch was made in a piece of wood to record a run. Every tenth notch would be cut much deeper than the others to make final tallying of the score much easier.


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