ninepins

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ninepins

1. another name for skittles
2. one of the pins used in this game
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And after the chaos of Michael Vaughan and Simon Jones being crocked, Marcus Trescothick flying home in mysterious circumstances and players going down like ninepins with illness or injury, I couldn't think of a better man to inspire England in a crisis.
We might still be short of players for the long haul because they are going down like ninepins but fortune favours the brave.
With England's World Cup hopefuls going down like ninepins in recent weeks, there was understandable concern when Fowler was forced out of his side's 1-0 win at Derby.