Definition of misfield in English:



[with object]
  • (in cricket and rugby) field (a ball) badly or clumsily.

    ‘he chucks it at McCallum, who misfields it’
    • ‘There were drama when Wayne Hurley misfielded an easy ball which led to a four when South Africa needed those eight runs from the last six balls.’
    • ‘As Lee misfielded, Butcher called for a second that was never there, aborted his run and left Vaughan stranded.’
    • ‘The home side's three tries came first from Tuilevu's mistake as he misfielded Boeta Wessels' grubber and watched as Wylie Human kicked through and pounced on the loose ball.’
    • ‘First baseman Bill Buckner misfielded critically in game six, allowing the New York Mets to come back and win.’
    • ‘The opening try to the visitors came very shortly after kick-off when a speculative kick ahead was misfielded by the Otliensians' defence and winger Steve Montgomery went over for Hessle, the conversion attempt failing.’
    fail to catch, miss, drop, mishandle, handle awkwardly
    slip, miss, drop, mishandling
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  • (in cricket and rugby) a failure to field a ball correctly.

    ‘he was run out after attempting a quick single to a Warne misfield’
    • ‘The season's first tie was at Clifton Park, where York scrambled a two following a misfield off the last ball to equal the Wistow score of 226 for 5.’
    • ‘For all their greatness Pakistan struggled to keep their focus and you always knew that you would get a few easy runs off them from misfields, and maybe benefit from a couple of dropped catches.’
    • ‘New Zealand's fielding was also awful with several misfields and dropped catches.’
    • ‘The bowler was so peeved at a misfield at Sunday's game of cricket, that the fielder paid the price then and there.’
    • ‘A misfield by Arnold at extra cover gifted Mongia two more as events took on a certain air of inevitability.’