10/06/2007

Forgotten cricket fact- Origin of 'silly- point'

The Nation Newspaper | Common Sense & Evidence – Forgotten cricket history:

PROFESSOR HILARY BECKLES writing in A Nation Imagined – First West Indies Test Team: The 1928 Tour brings out the origin of the term 'silly point' in Cricket.


"'The century was passed and 118 was posted when Wilson caught Kerr at 'silly point', as the Philadelphians call forward point close in.' So even though we no longer take on the Americans on a regular basis, think of them every time you hear of a fielder placed at 'silly point' –
it's an Americanism! "


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