One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Each of two or four divisions of a game during which one side has a turn at batting.
- ‘The colourful Yorkshireman umpired the first innings of a game between an Old England XI and Lashings World XI at Scarborough Cricket Club.’
- ‘The tourists improved to make 352 in their second innings, with four batsmen reaching half-centuries.’
- ‘In a thrilling match, Bury led at the interval by one run, only to allow Bolton a comeback in the second innings and take the game by 10 runs.’
- ‘In a feast of runs, the home side powered their way to 248, with Yasir Ali cracking 111 in an innings which included 21 fours.’
- ‘Norths had the opportunity in the bottom of the innings to take the game from Brothers, but conceded their fifth one run loss of the season.’
- 1.1 A player's turn at batting.
- ‘Loye fell to Australian all-rounder Ian Harvey, who claimed four wickets in an innings for the first time for Yorkshire.’
- ‘He faced 138 balls and struck nine fours, his innings spanning 41 overs and keeping Yorkshire's unbeaten record intact.’
- ‘Hornby Junior then produced the crucial innings to keep his side on course for a six-wicket win.’
- ‘Bevan hit only seven fours in his innings, and to make a big score at more than a run a ball with so few boundaries is very rare.’
- ‘Each of them captured four wickets in an innings against Natal and they could hold the key to another Border victory.’
- 1.2 The score achieved during a player's turn at batting.
2A period during which a person or group is active or effective.
- ‘His innings on the silver screen has yet to begin.’
- ‘Despite his long innings on the screen, he never got any National award, not even as a supporting actor.’
- ‘Perhaps, they had the longest innings on TV screens and the largest fan following.’
- ‘I think I had a good innings in terms of what we managed to do.’
someone had a good innings
informal Someone had a long and fulfilling life or career (said at or before their death or retirement).
- ‘It is not easy to give up something that has been a major part of my working life but I think I have had a good innings.’
- ‘I have had a good innings in football; it is all of 22 years since my career began, and I have tasted far greater success than the vast majority of players.’
- ‘That night, when it seemed that I might be going out with the tide, I knew I had no reason for feeling cheated, for I had had a good innings and a long run.’
- ‘Now, I had no objection to Winston dying, after all he was 90 and had had a good innings.’
- ‘Shareholder capitalism has had a good innings but the case against it is mounting daily; it is probably finished as we have known it.’
- ‘After calculating the difference between dates of birth and death, they considered that anyone who lasted till thirty had had a good innings in the game of life.’
- ‘If I died tomorrow, I'll have had a good innings in the last few years.’
- ‘I have had a good innings and there are many more people who have had worse than me.’
- ‘But I have had a good innings, 14 years of first-class rugby.’
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