bowling crease



  • noun a line marked on the ground at each end of the pitch, from which the bowler delivers the ball. The bowling crease is in line with the stumps and extends on either side of them to reach a total length of 8 feet 8 inches/2.64 metres (Law 9 § 2). The original (1744) code of Laws stipulated that the bowler’s back foot (the right foot in the case of a right-handed bowler) should remain behind the bowling crease at the moment of delivery: ‘If he delivers the Ball, with his hinder Foot over the Bowling-Crease, the umpire shall call no Ball’.