from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In cricket: That fielder in the part of the field behind the wicket, and to the off side, who is nearest to the wicket-keeper.
- n. The position of such a player in the field.
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Encouraged by this success, he ran half across the ground to the next one, missed it, and would have been stumped under ordinary circumstances, but the ball, instead of going to the wicket-keeper, shunted off at a sort of junction, and proceeded to short-slip.
"What's the matter, old man?" asked our Captain, who was fielding at short-slip.
The same misfortune has attended me at short-slip; it should have been a wicket, it was a black eye, or the loss of a tooth or two, as might happen.
He had three shots -- a cut, a slash shot past cover, and a drive that landed the ball anywhere from mid-wicket to over short-slip.