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  • n. A small depression in the pitch caused by batsmen tapping their bats on the point where they have taken block. The description of the "blockhole" being a physical location has caused much debate within the cricketing community. Many assert that the "blockhole" is actually the general area in which the batsman takes guard. A ball bowled into the "blockhole" will generally force the batsman to play a "blocking" type shot.

Etymologies

block +‎ hole (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Fanie de Villiers had been a luminary exponent of the 'blockhole' art.

    News24

  • Zaheer bowled a good length in the final overs and got one right in the blockhole to shatter the stumps of Sami and after that Moin was clean bowled by Balaji and India won by 40 runs with Pakistan allout for 253.

    Archive 2004-03-01

  • The upshot of it was, I bowled pretty well for Mynn's eleven, and when I went to the wicket to bat, I stuck to my blockhole like glue, to the disappointment of the spectators, who expected me to slog.

    Flashman's Lady

  • To start with, this is a better over: he gets the ball up in the blockhole and there are five from the first four balls.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Once again they show that they have no idea that you can dismiss a batsman by bowling in the blockhole at 145 kph and uprooting the middle stump!

    News24 Top Stories

  • Prince gets a great yorker, right in the blockhole and keeps it out well.

    IOL: News

  • Jimmy again, scampering to the crease, turning sideways and hurling it up into the blockhole.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • By the skin of his teeth and the edge of his bat, Vikram Solanki kept out the hat-trick ball, 95mph fuelled by adrenaline and speared in the blockhole, but he too was to be beaten by swing and bowled off his pads.

    The Guardian World News

  • It was as well he did so, as in the next over Willoughby, showing nifty footwork for a tailender as he constantly retreated far towards square leg, was bowled as soon as Shahzad got one in the blockhole.

    Cricinfo news from Cricinfo

  • MC Henriques to SR Tendulkar, no run, fires it on the blockhole outside off and Tendulkar squirts it out

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