One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An unlawfully delivered ball, counting one as an extra to the batting side if not otherwise scored from.‘we also bowled far too many no-balls and wides’
- ‘In the early weeks of this Ashes tour, it looked a little like our dream had come true, except that they wanted to play like us, what with the batting collapses, dropped catches, wides and no-balls.’
- ‘His first ball was a no-ball, his second a full-toss, and his third ripped out of the rough for two byes.’
- ‘I propose that each batsman face only 90 balls (excluding no-balls and wides) and has to retire at the end of it if he is unbeaten.’
- ‘The no-ball counts for little apart from an extra run under the current front-foot rule, which gives the batsman little time to take advantage of it.’
- ‘Defending their modest 151 total, Bangladesh made life even more difficult for themselves by conceding 30 extras including 12 no-balls and 10 wides.’
(of an umpire) declare (a bowler) to have bowled a no-ball; declare (a delivery) to be a no-ball.‘at Lord's he took a Test hat-trick and was no-balled for throwing’
- ‘Or will the data have to be transmitted to a laboratory in Australia for complex and elaborate testing before an umpire can no-ball a bowler for chucking?’
- ‘He had no choice but to take Meckiff out of the attack when he was no-balled for throwing on the second, third and ninth deliveries of his opening over.’
- ‘Also, I thought that, towards the end of the match, the umpire was no-balling me unnecessarily, allowing Benjamin to go for big shots.’
- ‘But till 1862 such a delivery was reckoned as illegal; in fact, Edgar Willsher of Kent was the first cricketer to be no-balled for bowling overarm in 1862.’
- ‘It was an Australian umpire, standing in Australia, who no-balled him for throwing in 1995.’
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