middle order



  • noun the players batting in the middle of a side’s batting line-up, after the openers and before the tailenders; the middle order represents the backbone of a team’s batting strength and its role is to score runs fairly quickly as the bowlers begin to tire and the ball comes more slowly off the pitch. The middle order refers especially to players batting at numbers four, five and six, but in its broadest sense it stretches from three and four (the ‘early middle order’) to seven and eight (the ‘late middle order’).
    Citation ‘Watkin demolished the visitors’ middle order in the second innings, dismissing Hooper, Richards and Logie for 11 runs’ (Edward Bevan, Wisden 1994)
    Citation ‘Kathleen Smith (b 1915) was a strongly-built all-rounder from Queensland: a left-hand opening bowler and a right-hand punishing middle-order bat with a fierce hook’ (Cashman & Weaver 1991)
    Citation ‘Hoggard struck twice with the new ball en route to his 200th Test wicket, before the debutant Sajid Mahmood routed the middle order with four wickets in nine balls’ (Andrew Miller, Cricinfo Magazine June 2006)