fend

Definition

Cricket

  • verb to make a tentative, often involuntary, prodding movement with a raised bat, especially as a means of self-defence
    Citation ‘The main tactic … seems to be to dig the ball in short and hope for a catch close to the wicket as the batsman fends the lifting missile away from his face’ (Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Cricketer September 1983)
    Citation ‘Flintoff roared in to have Ponting caught fending with the second ball of a new spell’ (Haigh 2005)
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