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  • adj. Describing a commentary (especially on the radio) in which a commentator describes every ball bowled, every shot hit, and the positions of the fielders; normally assisted by a summarizer who describes the game as a whole and provides other comments and a scorer who keeps a record of all statistics


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  • I've really enjoyed following the Ashes via TMS, the TV and video highlights (ITV 4, ECB and Cricket Australia), Twitter, the ball-by-ball webpages (Guardian and BBC), various blogs etc.

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  • After four months abroad, including following the Ashes from South America among unmoved locals, the silver lining to the cloud of returning home on Sunday will be finally being in a country gripped by cricket fever and glued to ball-by-ball updates all day every day.

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  • Or minutely editing field placings before going ball-by-ball for the final few overs of a T20 game.

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  • I've been lucky to spend several days this summer at test cricket grounds, watching TV coverage of same or even surreptitiously following the ball-by-ball updates on my computer.

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  • Radio Four LW and Five Live Sports Extra will be providing full ball-by-ball coverage on the majority of matches.

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  • Most cricket fans will remember well Brian Johnston's collapse after Aggers described Ian Botham's vain attempt to avoid hitting his wicket as "He couldn't quite get his leg over" - ball-by-ball commentary at its funniest.


  • The Australian Broadcasting Commission has a long tradition of broadcasting matches in Australia, all the way back to the 1930s when ball-by-ball descriptions of play in England were sent by telegram to Australia and read over the air as if actually broadcasting live play - including crude sound effects a pencil hitting a block of wood for the sound of the ball hitting the bat.

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  • Despite the fact that Sky Television has the exclusive rights to broadcast the live action from the West Indies, is using computer animation to provide ball-by-ball coverage to non-Sky viewers.

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  • Old Rediff hands will remember "Panix" and his ball-by-ball commentary in Rediff's chat rooms.

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  • Listen to Live ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Cricket.

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