steepler

Definition

Cricket

  • noun a ball that ‘steeples’, either off the pitch or off the striker’s bat
    Citation ‘Catching nearer the wicket is all over in a moment and there is no time to think, except in the case of a steepler near the wicket’ (Ranjitsinhji 1897)
    Citation ‘At Lord’s, Monty was still living down that infamous moment when he had shaped to take a steepler off Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and instead had watched the ball plop to earth a full four feet to his right’ (Andrew Miller, Cricinfo Magazine June 2006)
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