arm ball

Definition

Cricket

  • noun a ball that goes on ‘with the arm’, especially a slightly quicker ball bowled by an off-spinner that holds its line and therefore moves away from the right-handed batsman or into the left-hander
    Citation ‘The“arm ball” … is usually pushed through a bit more quickly than other deliveries and will not hold, or turn, as it pitches’ (Oslear &Mosey 1993)
    Citation ‘The pitch conditions come into it. If there is no spin, the use of the arm-ball or floater is a useful weapon’ (John Emburey, Cricketer August 1994)
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