handled the ball

Definition

Cricket

  • adverb a mode of dismissal in which the batsman is given out ‘if he wilfully touches the ball while in play with a hand or hands not holding the bat unless he does so with the consent of the opposing side’ (Law 33 §1); the dismissal is entered in the scorebook as ‘handled the ball’ and the wicket is not credited to the bowler
    Citation ‘The England captain’s 18th Test century, the glue that held England firm, was ended when he was given out “handled ball”’ (Mike Selvey, Guardian 8 June 1993)
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