old-fashioned point



  • noun a close fielding position (or the player occupying it) square of the wicket on the off-side; a ‘short’ variety of point, distinguished from ‘silly’ point by being squarer on to the wicket. The position of point itself was much closer to the wicket in the 18th and 19th centuries than it is nowadays (
    See point
    ), and it is to this older position that the term old-fashioned point refers.