running ground



  • Earth in a semi-plastic state that will not stand without support.


  • noun the area between the two popping creases which the batsmen cross in making a run, as distinguished from the batsmen’s ‘home’ ground. An old regulation allowed the batsmen to obstruct a fielder attempting a catch within this area – ‘When the ball is hit up, either of the Strikers may hinder the Catch in his running Ground’ – but it seems to have dropped out of the code by the end of the 18th century.