over the wicket



  • adverb delivering the ball from the hand that is closer to the bowler’s wicket; for most types of bowler, this is the default form of delivery, and by going ‘over the wicket’ the bowler is able to reduce to a minimum the angle between the ball’s line of flight and the line passing from wicket to wicket
    Citation ‘It was now that Bright started to bowl over the wicket to the right-handers … a ploy he was to rely on for most of the remaining Tests’ (Brearley 1982)
    Citation ‘The modern left-arm spinner retreats by bowling over the wicket at the first sign of any belligerence’ (Vic Marks, Observer 30 July 2006)
    Compare round the wicket