- 1 (also wicket door or wicket gate) A small door or gate, especially one beside or in a larger one.More example sentences
- The style of the gate should match the house: a wicket gate would look out of place in a smart city setting, whereas antique wrought iron might lead to expectations that a cottage garden fails to meet.
- Outside in the yard was a storm water drain which was used as an urinal and a water barrel for collecting the water from the roof and the slated stone buildings, a wicket gate leading to a dry toilet at the and of the garden.
- Hastily, the girl slid backwards on hands and knees behind the nearest tree, and watched as they opened the wicket gate and walked down the track deeper into the forest.
- 1.1North American An opening in a door or wall, often fitted with glass or a grille and used for selling tickets or a similar purpose.More example sentences
- As to privacy, Mr Husain complained of the wicket in the door.
- The barred wicket opened and shut, and the door creaked ajar.
- 1.2North American One of the wire hoops on a croquet course.More example sentences
- Each player takes a croquet mallet and must only use the striking end, not the side, when moving their ball through the croquet wickets.
- The wickets are metal or wire pieces that look like miniature arches and are located throughout the croquet course.
- 2 Cricket Each of the sets of three stumps with two bails across the top at either end of the pitch, defended by a batsman.More example sentences
- But if the bowler can knock the bails off the wickets, the batsman is out.
- Yes, it's the fast bowler strutting his stuff: running up to the wicket; wrecking a batsman's stumps.
- It was there that Robert and his pupils played cricket on a pitch marked out by wickets of willow sticks.
- 2.1The prepared strip of ground between the wickets.More example sentences
- You can spend some time at the crease, get used to the bowler's action, the ground, the wicket.
- So we sat around while a new wicket was prepared and cut, which was the only way of playing.
- It thus becomes important for us to prepare fast and bouncy wickets at home, so that our batsmen get used to these surfaces.
- 2.2The dismissal of a batsman; each of ten dismissals regarded as marking a division of a side’s innings: Darlington won by four wicketsMore example sentences
- Man-of-the-match Hill snatched four quick wickets as the home side found themselves in disarray on 47-6.
- Dringhouses maintained their good start in division two as they beat a fancied Sewerby side by four wickets.
- He took 2-37 and then rapped out 61 off only 36 balls with 12 fours as his side won by seven wickets.
a sticky wicket
- Cricket A pitch that has been drying after rain and is difficult to bat on.More example sentences
- Supporters heading to today's game at Wandella would be pleased to know that the rain also failed to turn Wandella Road into a sticky wicket.
- True, it spoke without much inflection, as if reporting a cricket score from a sticky wicket.
- The Bears were sent in on a sticky wicket and were soon in trouble at 3-7.
- [in singular] • informal A tricky or awkward situation: the problem of who sits where can create a sticky wicketMore example sentences
- The controlling group needs to know they are going to be on a sticky wicket with this.
- With increasing education levels, and rising standards of living (with rising expectations) China's fascist rulers are on a sticky wicket.
- The Democratic Presidential nominee, who has been railing against outsourcing, is walking on a sticky wicket on the issue.
take a wicket
- Cricket (Of a bowler or a fielding side) dismiss a batsman.More example sentences
- He quite rightly deserved a standing ovation from the 1000-strong crowd, and he also received a smattering of applause from the Zimbabwe bowlers, who were relieved at finally taking a wicket.
- Hat tricks, in which a bowler takes a wicket with three consecutive balls, are fairly uncommon.
- He was the only Wharfedale bowler to take a wicket, finishing with five for 34 as the other three wickets in a total of 160 for eight fell to run outs.
Middle English (in the sense 'small door or grille'): from Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French wiket; origin uncertain, usually referred to the Germanic root of Old Norse víkja 'to turn, move'. Cricket senses date from the late 17th century.
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