Close of Play


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Close of Play

A slang term for the deadline for a bid, project, contract, or anything else. For example, a company soliciting bids for a major project may state that the close of play is the last Friday of the month. The term refers to cricket and thus is most frequently used in areas where cricket is popular.
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According to Sport24, Masakadza and Taylor came together after Zimbabwe lost their first two wickets for 31 runs, adding that Masakadza was dismissed when caught at slip off a Saeed Ajmal 'doosra' delivery, which was the first of six wickets that fell for 94 runs before the close of play.
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.
Stuart Law chopped on before Horton and Sutton settled things down at the 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.
AUSTRALIA built a commanding 355-run lead by close of play on the third day of the first Test in Bangalore after dismissing India for just 246.
THE sight of the sullen Andrew Caddick, right, yawning on the boundary rope as Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn tore England limb from limb before close of play on the second day of the second Test left me in a foaming rage.
Robbie, 28, and Rachel, 32, arrived in separate limousines, sat in different areas of the arena, but at close of play the game was up.
Fast bowler Pollock took four for 29, the first three including Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar in the space of 20 deliveries, as India, replying to South Africa's first innings 362, slumped to 182 for eight by the close of play.
Three late England wickets gave India control after the second day of the first Test in Ahmedabad and the hosts were just 3-10 for victory at the close of play.
The impressive Sehwag was unbeaten on 128 by the end of the day but, once he lost opening partner Gautam Gambhir for 56, wickets fell in a cluster as India slipped from 167 without loss to 214 for four at close of play.