leg hit



  • noun an attacking batting stroke sending the ball into the on-side area; especially, a stroke played off the front foot to a ball pitching outside leg stump. If the ball pitches fairly close to leg stump it is hit square of the wicket with a straight bat, but if it pitches wide it is played with a cross bat into the area backward of square.
    Citation ‘Even now I take a melancholy pleasure in watching school matches, and saying So-and-So will make quite a fair school-boy bat in time, but he must get rid of that stroke of his on the off, and that shocking leg-hit’ (P.G.Wodehouse, Now, Talking about Cricket 1903)