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An innings is one of the divisions of a
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match during which one team takes its turn to
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. Innings also means the period in which an individual player bats (acts as either striker or nonstriker). Innings, in cricket, and
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, is both singular and plural; this contrasts with
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in which the singular is "
inning In baseball Baseball is a bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting (baseball), batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team (baseball), fielding team, ...
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Origin

The earliest known record of the term concerns a match in August 1730 at Blackheath,
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Kent
between a Kent side and
London Cricket Club The original London Cricket Club was formed in 1722 and was one of the foremost clubs in English cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field, field at the centre ...
. The London-based ''St. James Evening Post'' reported: "'Twas thought that the Kentish champions would have lost their honours by being beat at one innings if time had permitted".


Usage in cricket

An innings is one of the divisions of a match during which one team takes its turn to
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, and is said to be "in to bat". Innings is the subject of Law 13 in the ''
Laws of Cricket The ''Laws of Cricket'' is a code which specifies the rules of the game of cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players each on a cricket field, field at the centre of which is a cric ...
''. * In a first-class match, there are up to four innings with each team due to bat twice (in practice, this is not always the case). In a limited overs match, there are only two innings with each team batting once (though there can be extra, shortened innings in the case of a tie). * An innings may end in a number of ways, such as when all but one batsman on the team is gotten out, or in limited overs cricket, when the limited number of
overs In cricket, an over consists of six consecutive legal delivery (cricket), deliveries bowling (cricket), bowled from one end of a cricket pitch to the player batting at the other end, almost always by a single bowler. A maiden over is an over in ...
for that innings have been bowled. The term is also used with the meaning of "scoring (cricket), score" for both the team and each individual batsman. For example, it may be said that "he played an innings of 101", meaning that the player scored 101 runs in his innings (while batting during one of the team's innings). Similarly, it may be said that the team had a first innings (score) of 501.


Metaphor

The term can generally be taken as a reference to the time during which someone possesses something and, colloquially, the phrase "a good innings" means a long life.Oxford, p. 733.


See also

* Cricket terminology


References


Bibliography

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External links


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