• noun an uncontrolled cross-batted shot, typically played to a straight ball pitching outside off stump, in which the batsman pulls the ball round from off towards the leg-side boundary between deep mid-wicket and long-on; a stroke resembling the sweep, but having a more random quality and usually associated (hence the name) with the uncomplicated ‘rustic’ slogging of the authentic tailender
    Citation ‘If the crowd were keen on naught but Surrey’s chances in the match, a cowshot by Hutch would cause as much satisfaction as Hobbs’ master-stroke’ (Cardus 1978)
    See also agricultural