booth ball



  • noun an early form of boundary hit, in which the ball, on reaching the tents or booths dotted around the edge of the ground, was declared dead and a stipulated number of runs was credited to the batsman. Before the second half of the 19th century there were no boundaries as such, and runs were usually ‘run out’ in full: the booth ball was an exception to this rule, presumably on the grounds that the ball would have been expected to travel further but for the ‘intervention’ of the booth.
    See also boundary