play on



  • verb to deflect the ball from the bat on to one’s stumps; the resulting dismissal is entered in the scorebook as ‘bowled’
    Citation ‘Unfortunately for Essex’s immediate prospects, Gooch had played on at the start of Williams’s decisive over’ (Matthew Engel, Guardian 28 April 1984)
    Citation ‘Tendulkar got a spirited thirty-one before playing on to the stumps’ (Purandare 2005)