from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In cricket:
  • To condemn as a ‘no ball.’ See no ball, under ball.
  • To declare (a bowler) to have delivered a ‘no ball.’


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  • Cook and Strauss were beginning to threaten several of their own partnership records when the captain was bowled round his pads, sweeping at leg-spinner Amit Mishra but it appeared that umpire Simon Taufel had missed a Mishra over-step and therefore failed to call a no-ball.

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  • Television replays demonstrated only after Strauss had been replaced by Ian Bell that umpire Simon Taufel had missed a Mishra over-step and therefore failed to call a no-ball. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • The umpires checked for the no-ball, as they did with Tait's first wicket, but again he was just about okay.14th over: New Zealand 66-4 Taylor 4, Styris 0 A double-wicket maiden for Mitchell Johnson.

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  • The umpires asked McCullum to hang around while they checked for the no-ball, but Tait was okay and so the dangerous McCullum is on his way, swishing his bat in frustration.3rd over: New Zealand 10-0 Guptill 0, B McCullum 8 Lee, 34 years young as David Brent would say, has started wonderfully here.

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  • Tait had taken some tap from McCullum, with boundaries to third man and fine leg in addition to a front-foot no-ball and a wide, but then McCullum slashed a big yahoo straight to third man.

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  • The Jamaican all-rounder Andre Russell kept his composure, after a no-ball with his first delivery, and West Indies had cause for celebration at the start of their home campaigns, which include two Tests with Pakistan in May and three against India in June.

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  • Cook was 46, the score was 140-2 and Mr. Beer, having had his first ball pinged to the fence by Mr. Pietersen, was in his third over when he believed a first Test wicket was his, only for umpire Billy Bowden to call for a no-ball check.

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  • Chief among them were the facts that Asif delivered a no-ball at precisely the time predicted by Butt's former agent, Mazhar Majeed, and that Mohammad Amir, another Pakistan bowler, had done the same.

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  • Coetzer, on loan from Durham until the end of the season, fought hard but after his good fortune with the no-ball his luck turned when he was given out caught off a Steven Crook delivery that was adjudged to have taken a thin edge before thudding into his body and looping gently to second slip.

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  • Cricket jargon - an invalid ball, from which a batsman may not be out other than run out. There are various ways in which a no-ball may occur. The most common is when the bowler's front foot lands over the popping crease in his delivery stride. A no-ball incurs a penalty of one run against the bowling team and the ball must be bowled again.

    December 5, 2007