• noun a late order batsman who is sent in to bat ahead of his normal position in the batting order when a wicket has fallen a short time before the close of play; the nightwatchman usually has the most reliable defence of all the non-specialist batsmen and his function is to stay in until the close and thus protect the wickets of players higher in the order until the next day’s play
    Citation ‘McDonald was soon defeated by the indefatigable Statham, at which Grout came in as night-watchman’ (Peebles 1959)
    Citation ‘Jason Gillespie’s 201 not out at Chittagong was easily the highest score by a nightwatchman in a Test’ (Steven Lynch, Cricinfo website 21 April 2006)


  • noun a man who guards a building at night.