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English citations of overthrow

Etymology 2[edit]


  1. (sports) A throw that goes too far.
    1. (cricket) A run scored by the batting side when a fielder throws the ball back to the infield, whence it continues to the opposite outfield.
      • 1999, Ashok Kumar, “Fielding”, in Cricket (DPH Sports Series), New Delhi: Discovery Publishing House, published 2006, →ISBN, page 49:
        Of all the cricket skills, good throwing is the one most readily appreciated by spectators, whether it be from the outfield or the infield. [] All throws must be "backed-up" by the nearest available fielder to prevent overthrows at both the bowler's and the wicket-keeper's ends. Nothing is more depressing than a fielding side giving away overthrows from bad throwing and backing-up.