late order



  • noun the players batting at or towards the end of a team’s batting line-up; the tail
    Citation ‘It was left to a distinctly out-of-touch Lamb to help the late order salvage something’ (Matthew Engel, Guardian 4 January 1984)
    Citation ‘Ravi Ratnayeke … ran through the late-order batsmen with a spell of 4 for 10 from six overs’ (WCM May 1984)
    Citation ‘Despite a late-order collapse of a kind once familiar to England supporters … the home side gained a first-innings lead of 154’ (Mike Selvey, Guardian 27 May 2006)