Cricket Terms: S (Part Two)

slash – a vigorous cross-batted stroke to a ball outside the off stump.

sledgingsledging – The fielding team’s way of upsetting a batter’s concentration through certain often personal comments directed at him. It is often described as a form of mental disintegration. It is not needed in junior cricket; leave it to the seasoned adults. Do your talking with bat and ball.

slice – where the batter mishits the ball off the open face of the bat in the air behind point on the off side.

slinger – a pace bowler with a round-armed action.

slip – a close catching position behind the wicket, close to the wicketkeeper.

slip cordon – The area between the wicket-keeper and gully where fielders are placed for the sole purpose of catching edged catches.

slippery – refers to a bowler of extreme pace.

slog – An undignified stroke designed to give the ball an almighty whack. To call a batter a slogger is regarded as an insult.

slower ball – The most commonly used variation used by pace bowlers, designed to keep batters guessing and playing too early at the ball.

slow pitch (wicket) – a pitch where the ball comes slowly on to the batter, making free scoring difficult. The reasons for the pitch slowness may include dampness, lack of grass covering, excessive wear and tear (an old tired pitch).

snick – a fine edge off the bat to behind the wicket.

snickometer (snicko) – An audio device that picks up the faintest sound of bat on ball.

spell – The number of consecutive overs bowled by one bowler before he has a rest.

spill a catch – to drop a catch.

spinner – a slow bowler who uses his wrist or fingers to make the ball deviate off the pitch after it bounces.

splice – the V-shaped part at the top of the bat where the handle is attached to the blade.

spongy wicketspongy wicket – a soft wicket with a thick covering of grass.

square – The collection of pitches in the middle of the cricket ground. In order to stay on side with the grounds man, do not dare to make any scratch marks on this treasured rectangle of green grass.

square leg – an onside fielding position, directly behind the batter, at a ninety degree angle to the pitch.

statistics – the figures of cricket. Cricketers love to study batting, bowling, catching and win/loss averages and aggregates.

sticks – a term for the wicket or stumps.

sticky wicket – A drying wicket that is very difficult to bat on.

stock ball – A bowler’s regular delivery. A ball that is designed to deny a batter the chance to either score runs off, or to let through to the keeper.

stock bowler – a bowler who bowls long spells with the aim of restricting the scoring more than taking wickets. Often a medium-pace bowler.

stolen single – a risky quick run.

stonewall – To bat with excessive caution. Has no place in limited over or junior cricket grades.

strike(r) – The batter facing the delivery is said to be on strike or the striker.

strike bowlers – The bowlers in a bowling team expected to take the majority of the wickets. They usually open the innings.

strike rate – The average number of runs scored by a batter per 100 balls or the average number of balls per wicket for a bowler.

stumped – the form of dismissal where the batter, having played at the ball and left the crease, is out of his ground when the bails are removed by the wicketkeeper.

stumps – The collection of three, that along with the bails, make up the wicket at each end of the pitch. Also used as a term by umpires to announce the end of a day’s play.

sundries – another term for extras.

sweepsweep – A high-risk stroke which is difficult to master and not recommended for batters under the age of fourteen. The batter goes down on one knee, in full knowledge that the ball could hit him in the face, and plays the ball with a horizontal sweeping motion towards square-leg.

sweeper – a fielder positioned on the boundary on the off side forward of point or on the leg side near square leg. His job is to cut off boundaries. The fielder needs to be a fast runner with a strong throwing arm.

swing – A ball that curves through the air rather than seaming, cutting or spinning off the pitch. The swing is achieved by having the seam at angle to the flight of the ball or from uneven damage to the ball, resulting in a sideways push of the ball from the more shiny side to the less shiny side.

swing bowler – a bowler who can make the ball move in the air before pitching.