• noun a ball that pitches just in front of the popping crease and comes straight on to the bat, enabling the batsman to hit it soon after it bounces with a minimum of danger or difficulty
    Citation ‘His first ball was a long hop, the second a swinging half-volley: Wood hit both for fours to leg’ (Brearley 1982)
    Citation ‘Instead of patting it back, the little man cracked an audacious square cut … It had been a good length delivery; Viswanath made it look like a half-volley’ (Bhattacharya 2006)


  • noun
    (written as half volley)
    a stroke or shot that makes contact with the ball immediately after it has bounced
  • verb to strike a ball immediately after it has bounced