It’s just not cricket!

19 Feb


by Danilo Garcia


Hello Folks!

It’s been a while since I posted anything on this blog so here I am with some interesting info that you could use to get you to the top!…nope, not really… but that’s ok. You’ll get there eventually anyway. 🙂

Right, today I’m presenting some phrases and idioms commonly used by our fellow friends from Sheffield.
British people love cricket! No surprise there, they invented the damn sport. Because cricket plays a huge part in their culture, some phrases used on the pitch have become part of their daily spoken language. Let’s get started:

“He’s on the back foot” when someone is put on the defensive or outmaneuvered. In cricket it literally means that the batsman has moved their center of gravity onto their back foot – usually a defensive batting technique.

“She’s playing on a sticky wicket” – someone who is likely to get themselves into trouble for one reason or another. Usually as a result of a difficult or embarrassing situation, to mix my metaphors, it is along the lines of “skating on thin ice”. In cricket this describes a pitch with a difficult playing surface (usually wet) causing the ball to behave unpredictably.

“I was stumped” means to have no idea, facing a problem you didn’t see or don’t have a solution for. The stumps are the three upright sticks at the end of the wicket on which two bails (horizontal) sticks sit. In Brazil we call this the “little house”, the bowler or fielder tries to knock the bails off with the ball, in which case the batsman is stumped and out.

“I was hit for six” means to be shocked or surprised and not in a good way. In cricket a “six” is the highest score a batsman can make off a ball (without physically running). Six runs are awarded when the ball is hit past the boundary without hitting or bouncing in the infield.

“She had a good innings” Often used to describe someone who has lived a long life. In cricket a ‘good innings’ is all about perspective, if you are the bowler then it is getting the opposing players out whilst scoring the least number of runs. If you are the batsman then it means the opposite!

“He was bowled over” to be left speechless (in a good way) or pleasantly surprised. The opposite of “hit for six”. In cricket this is where the bowler hits the stumps without the batsman touching the ball with their bat.

“I was caught out” outwitted or outsmarted by another. In cricket it is what it says, when the batsman hits the ball and it is in turn caught by the opposing team.

“It’s just not cricket” You may hear this cry if someone perceives that the rules have been broken. It describes something that is unacceptable, unsportsmanlike behavior.

Hope you enjoyed that…and now show the world what you just learned because if you keep it to yourself, that’s just not cricket.

See you around.

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