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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Nottinghamshire's Michael Lumb was another man still standing with a three-figure total by his name at the close of play, having accrued 116 as his team made 177 for two at Yorkshire.
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.
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.
Scott Newman and Mark Ramprakash (92no) put on 196 for the second wicket as Surrey reached 237 for five at close of play.
The pair put on 231 for the first wicket in reply to the tourists' 149, and although Hayden was eventually snared by Corey Collymore for 110, Australia skipper Ricky Ponting (17 not out) joined Hussey (116 no) at the crease to move the total onto 256 for one by the close of play.
In the under-12 game, both sides scored freely and at close of play just six runs and two wickets separated the pair.
But referee Hastings clearly thought the incident was severe enough to hold a hearing at the close of play.
Lord MacLaurin is chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board and news of the death was broken to England's World Cup Squad at close of play yesterday.
The double century-maker then saw Gloucester build on his good work by claiming two early victims when Notts began their second innings before rallying to reach 105 for two by the close of play.
By close of play in on the first day in the 3-day match, Police raced to 44 without in five overs.
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.