bump ball



  • noun a ball hit hard into the ground by the batsman and subsequently taken by a close fielder before it hits the ground again, thus presenting the illusion of a catch
    Citation ‘When an umpire has to decide the question of a “bump” ball or not, he must be guided by its length, its flight from the bat, and the way in which the latter has been used’ (Badminton 1888)
    Citation ‘Should the bowler’s end umpire be unable to decide whether a catch was taken from a bump ball or not, he shall first consult with the square leg umpire’ (Standard Test Match Playing Conditions (ICC)