Post by Peter Percival Post by BrritSki
Oi, it was won by spin, not <beam>ers :)
Excuse my ignorance. I know that there's a kind of bowling called
"spin", is there also a kind called "beam"? I know nothing about
cricket or sport in general. Sorry.
No. In general slower bowling involves imparting spin to the ball,
making it change direction when it bounces - hence "spin bowling".
Faster bowling is also called "seam bowling" because it uses the
position of the seam on the ball to cause it to deviate in the air
and/or change direction when it bounces.
A "beamer" is a delivery which does not bounce but reaches the batsman
above waist height. These are dangerous, illegal and rare; they
generally happen only when the ball slips out of the bowler's hand
accidentally. The umpire will then call "no ball" meaning that the
delivery was illegal (i.e. against the Laws of Cricket, not necessarily
those of the land). The batsman may not be given out (other than run
out), one run is added to the batting side's score, plus any which were
scored off the delivery, and an extra ball must be bowled so that there
are six legal deliveries in the completed over.
Sid (Make sure Matron is away when you reply)
 And possibly 999 if necessary.