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maiden

1. Horse racing
a. a horse that has never won a race
b. (as modifier): a maiden race
2. Cricket See maiden over

Maiden

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The Triple Goddess is viewed as Maiden, Mother, Crone. In the Maiden aspect, she is considered a virgin, representing youth and innocence, with potential for growth and learning. She is allied with the waxing Moon. As Janet and Stewart Farrar say, "She is the adventurous young flame that banishes indifference and leapfrogs obstacles. . . .She is springtime. . . she is excitement."

Maiden is also the title given to a young Wiccan Priestess who is training to become a coven leader. In a degree system she would be Second Degree, training to eventually take over the position of High Priestess when that lady feels it is time to retire. In this respect, the Gardnerian tradition is criticized for its chauvinism in demanding that a High Priestess retire when she is no longer young and beautiful. The Priestess is a representative of the Goddess, but the Goddess is in three aspects, including the Crone, so many feel that there should be no such pressure. In fact, most women in the position of Maiden are simply training for when they will eventually break away from the mother coven and form their own coven, as a High Priestess in their own right. In family traditions of Witchcraft, the Maiden is usually the daughter of the Priestess.

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Ojha bowled thirty one overs and gave away just 39 runs with l2 maiden overs.
The bowlers to share the wickets were Karan Pandya 2 for 17 off 6 overs 3 of which were maiden overs, Hemal Mehta 2 for 21 and Munis Ansari 2 for 33.
Spinner Rashid kept run-scoring under a tight leash, bowling four maiden overs, when Somerset batsmen needed quick runs.
Brijesh Patel ended with tantalising figures of 3 for 26 runs off 10 overs five of which were maiden overs while Ankit Joshi ended with 3 for 41 off 9.
Skipper Ajay Lalcheta followed his 5 for 32 haul on the turf strip last week with a further 5 for 30 off 10 overs two of which were maiden overs and Joshil Sukani 2 for 33 off 7 overs.
Potentially victims of their own success, England avoided that fate when they came through two overs of batting under lights on four without loss Broad's remarkable figures were testimony to his discipline - eight maiden overs out of 13 bowled - but also the nature of this contest on the slowest of pitches, and its even slower outfield.
Impressive maiden overs from opening Northumberland bowlers James Weighell and Michael Allen set the tone early on.
Mohammed Ali was the pick of the bowlers ending with figures of 4 for 25 off 10 overs including 2 maiden overs whilst Rafiq Mohammed 3 for 64 and skipper Mohammed Aslam 2 for 40 lent valuable support to Ali.
If they have played three- four maiden overs, they get aggressive so that they don't come under pressure," he pointed out.
MAIDEN OVERS The Durham girls' squad heading for Dubai next month which includes Athena Fernyhough (third from right in the back row) and Courtney Coulson (second from right in the front row) who have been called up for training with England under-15s