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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Derbyshire reached the close of play on 64 for two with opener Wayne Madsen top scoring on 25 not out as David Masters took two crucial wickets to give Essex a fighting chance.
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.
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.
BULAWAYO -- Scoreboard at the close of play on the second day of the second Test between Zimbabwe and New Zealand on Sunday:
However, the rain persisted leading to an early close of play with Rashid set to resume on 60 not out - compiled from 85 deliveries with 11 fours - on the final day with Liam Plunkett, currently on four, alongside him in the middle.
The pair shared an unbroken partnership of 92 for the third wicket as West Indies reached 147 for two at the close of play in reply to South Africa's 417 for eight declared Braithwaite (65 not out) and Samuels (60 not out) were both in sparkling form and West Indies will resume on day four 270 runs in arrears with eight first-innings wickets in tact.
11 ( ANI ): New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor has scored his 10th Test century and surpassed 4,000 career runs to anchor New Zealand's 307 for 6 at the close of play on the first day of the second Test against the West Indies at the Basin Reserve.
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.