bowl out



  • noun
    (written as bowl-out)
    a method of settling the result of a match in a knock-out competition, used either because both sides have reached an identical total and lost the same number of wickets, or because the game has been abandoned
    Citation ‘After further rain, that match was declared void, and with the captains unable to agree whether to start a 20-over or ten-over match … the umpires resorted to a bowl-out’ (Wisden 1994)
  • verb
    Same as bowl(vb)(3)
  • verb to dismiss the batting side, but not necessarily by ‘bowling’ them
    Citation ‘The trouble with putting the other side in in a Test match is that so much is staked on bowling them out on the first day’ (Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Cricketer October 1983)
    Citation ‘Forty-six? Forty-six! England, having been reduced to 40 for eight on the fourth evening of the third Test in Port of Spain were bowled out six runs and 14 minutes into the fifth day’ (Matthew Engel, Guardian 31 March 1994)
  • verb to use up the over allowance of a bowler in a limited-over match
    Citation ‘He [Malcolm Marshall] took three for four in six balls to rip apart the middle of the Kent batting. But once Marshall was bowled out, Dilley and Ellison … hit out’ (Ian Ridley, Guardian 2 June 1983)