• noun (on or towards) the side of the pitch on which the striker stands; on-side and leg-side are virtually synonymous, but while leg-side tends to be used mainly with reference to field settings and bowling tactics, on-side is more often used to describe a batting stroke or a batsman’s technique
    Citation ‘Grimmett … concluded his analysis with the simple comment: “Headley is the finest on-side player in the world”’ (Manley 1988)
    Citation ‘He square cut … and, using the strength of his wrists and forearms, hooked anything short, no matter how fast, to the on-side boundary’ (B C Pires, obituary for Sir Clyde Walcott, Guardian 28 August 2006)


  • adjective in a position that is allowed within the rules of the game