An overlooked lot who miss cricket as much as the players!
We all missed our favourite outdoor pursuit because the COVID-19 pandemic put paid to everything; and cricketers and game officials at all levels have been, there is no doubt, longing for the thrill of play.
As a cricket club scorer, I also missed it all. The excitement of watching the action, scoring the game, reporting on the match, and friendship with all those involved during and after the game. Thankfully, cricket is now back and we can look forward to a couple of months play.
“There can be no summer in England without cricket,” wrote Neville Cardus.
In league cricket especially, it is essential that each match is efficiently managed. Captains, as in all team sports, have of course, their own match responsibilities, ensuring their respective XI’s natural desire to win is aligned to maintaining the game’s, ‘Spirit of Cricket’ code. However, a competitive fixture without umpires and scorers, to ensure the game is conducted strictly in accordance with the laws, is like opening the oven before the batter sets….it all goes a bit flat in the middle! (Pun intended!)
Why Not Learn To Score?
A free entry level course designed to provide you with all the skills needed to start scoring. You do not need any prior knowledge of scoring to participate. The course covers the basics of scoring a game of cricket such as scoring symbols, umpire signals, dismissals and gives a helpful overview of the Laws of the Game. Provided by ECB ACO. Click here for details.
A scorer has four duties which are laid down in Law FOUR of the Laws of Cricket.
- Accept: The Scorer may on occasion believe a signal to be incorrect but you must always accept and record the Umpire signals as given. Remember you as Scorers are part of a team of four and you must work together with the Umpires.
- Acknowledge: Clearly and promptly acknowledge all Umpires’ signals – if necessary, wave a white card or paper if the Umpires find it hard to see you. Confer with Umpires at intervals about doubtful points.
- Record: Always write neatly and clearly.
- Check: Do this frequently. Emphasis on the importance of frequent checking with your fellow scorer and frequent balancing of your book.