General English


  • noun either of the first two batsmen on a batting side; an opening batsman
    Citation ‘The West Indies openers, Greenidge and Haynes … abandoned efforts to meet the daunting, but increasingly more plausible, challenge of scoring 323 in the final innings to win’ (Tony Cozier, Cricketer May 1984)
  • noun either of the bowlers who bowl the first two overs in an innings
    Citation ‘Percy Fender … maintains that the Australians themselves precipitated events by their unease at the prospect of facing a battery of four England fast bowlers, including Larwood and his fellow Nottinghamshire opener, Bill Voce’ (Peter Deeley, Observer Magazine, 7 November 1982)