close of play


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close of play

1. In cricket or a tennis tournament, the end of play for a given day. Primarily heard in UK. At the close of play, England leads India by 140 runs, with only one wicket lost.
2. In business, a working day's end. Often used in the construction "by the close of play." Primarily heard in UK. I'm under a lot of pressure to finish this report by the close of play.
See also: close, of, play
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Watson has taken the most of his chance - finishing the day unbeaten on 62 as Australia reached 126 for one at the close of play having chosen to bat.
By the close of play, India had reached 379 for six in response to Pakistan's massive first-innings 570, with VVS Laxman (51) and Irfan Pathan (0) at the crease
They lost opener Shahid Afridi for 59 two overs from the close of play.
However, Loye hit 20 boundaries on the way to his unbeaten ton and had put on 137 with Dinesh Mongia, the temporary overseas replacement for Carl Hooper, who was still at the crease on 70 at the close of play.
Near close of play, Windies skipper Carl Hooper fell to leg-spinner Anil Kumble for 46.
And by the close of play on the first day after the higher offer was made, Unigate held 48.
Although Masakadza (75) and Taylor (51) put on 110 for the third wicket, Zimbabwe was 237 for eight at the close of play as the rest of the batting collapsed on a pitch, which had cracks that caused several deliveries to keep low.
Rogers, who is set to join up with the Australia squad for the Ashes this summer, was still at the crease at the close of play at Lord's on 161 after being dropped twice.
Woakes then struck twice before the close of play and, along with wickets from Rankin, Rikki Clarke and Andrew Miller, Durham were pegged by the close of play on day two to 230 for five.
His knock was the key in England's commanding score of 331 for four at the close of play with Paul Collingwood chipping in with a steady 81 not out in a fifthwicket stand.
Until close of play on Bank Holiday Monday, Kwik-Fit is offering Bridgestone tyres at knockdown prices, with up to 35% off.
On the 1936-7 Ashes tour, when England were pipped by an innings and 200 runs in Melbourne, they were 165-8 at close of play on the fourth day.
A REMINDER to fans that they only have until the close of play today to buy a ticket for Friday's Super League home clash against Celtic Crusaders for just pounds 10 for adults and pounds 6 concessions.
That gave England a first-innings advantage of 103, which had been extended to 159 by the close of play as Stephen Moore and Robert Key shared an unbroken opening stand of 56.
They then capitalised on some careless batting to reduce Lancashire to 71-4 before Paul Horton and Luke Sutton began the recovery with an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 83, leaving them 154-4 at close of play.