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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"Any materials and traffic management will be de-mobilised and cleared by close of play Friday."
At close of play, Ravichandran Aswhin (7) (who has scores of 91 not out and 68 this series) was at the crease, with either Ishant Sharma or Pragyan Ojha to join him; Chawla was dismissed off the last ball of the day.
Wallace and Graham Wagg held the fort until the close of play.
Matt Prior and Rana Naved ul Hasan also weighed in with impressive totals as both scored 43 with the latter also claiming the scalp of Edwards before the close of play to leave the defending champions on five for one with Swann installed as nightwatchman.
Until close of play on Bank Holiday Monday Kwik-Fit is offering Bridgestone tyres at knockdown prices, with up to 35 per cent off.
An England and Wales Cricket Board spokesman confirmed today that the squad will be halved on schedule by "close of play" today, from the provisional 30 named at the start of this month.
Summary: It's been a disrupted first day of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston with Australia reaching 126 for one at close of play.
They wiped out their deficit before reaching 215 for two at the close of play, giving them an 85-run lead with eight wickets remaining.
Australia hit 66 in their second innings before close of play and lost only Justin Langer to South African Jacques Kallis
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.