long field



  • noun the entire area of the field behind the bowler’s wicket, close to the boundary and in an arc between wide long-off and wide long-on; also, a fielder occupying a position in this area
    Citation ‘Rhodes drove a ball into the long-field very hard and low … and Douglas, racing along the boundary caught it in his left hand just as it was clearing the ropes’ (Warner 1934)
  • noun any of various deep fielding positions
    Citation ‘Long field to cover the middle wicket and point is a situation in which the fieldsman will have many hard balls to stop’ (Nyren 1833 in HM)