- adverb a mode of dismissal in which a batsman is given out if the ball ‘touches his bat … and is subsequently held by a fielder as a fair catch before it touches the ground’ (Law 32 § 1). The catcher must be within the field of play – with no part of his body grounded over the boundary line – throughout the act of making the catch. The dismissal is credited to the bowler and is entered in the scorebook as ‘c catcher b bowler’. No runs can be scored off a ball that is caught, but if the batsmen have crossed before the catch is made, the surviving batsman does not return to the end he started from. A batsman cannot be out caught off a no-ball.
See also catch