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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘First baseman Bill Buckner misfielded critically in game six, allowing the New York Mets to come back and win.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As Lee misfielded, Butcher called for a second that was never there, aborted his run and left Vaughan stranded.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
    • ‘A misfield by Arnold at extra cover gifted Mongia two more as events took on a certain air of inevitability.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’