sighter

Definition

Cricket

  • noun an unthreatening ball bowled early in a bowler’s spell or early in a batsman’s innings, which the batsman does not need to play; this gives him the opportunity to become accustomed to the bowling without any risk to his wicket
    Citation ‘Subba Row was bowled off his pad before he had got a sighter, and MCC were once again off to a bad start’ (Peebles 1959)
    Citation ‘England’s middle order may be rather more gifted than that of Sussex in this game, but they will need a few sighters before feeling comfortable against Malinga’ (Vic Marks, Observer 21 May 2006)
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