boot hill



  • noun a very close fielding position in front of the wicket, especially forward short leg. With its evocation of the Wild West (where the dead were buried on ‘Boot Hill’), the term alludes to the extreme hazards of fielding in this position.
    Citation ‘The shin pads worn by fielders at “Boot Hill” … are custom-built, starting below the ankle-bone, encasing the lower leg and with a cup which protects the knee’ (Oslear & Mosey 1993)