Talk:bat for the other team

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Does anyone know the source of this expression? —This comment was unsigned.

baseball or cricket. I don't know when it was first used. DCDuring TALK 15:44, 18 December 2008 (UTC)
Pretty sure it's cricket. And I seem to remember that it was first used by The Oxford University team in reference to the Cambridge University team. ("punt from the other end" may well be similar). SemperBlotto 15:49, 18 December 2008 (UTC)
I wonder how long it was used. I also found a use in a play (1940/1) that seems to suggest another meaning, suggesting that someone (a spy?) did not have the same loyalties as the speaker. DCDuring TALK 16:32, 18 December 2008 (UTC)
So then was it derogatory? I see in the citations page it uses side "instead" of "team".108.173.62.44 10:40, 4 December 2012 (UTC)