Apr 18 2015
Some tips for the young scorer
This is a task you need to learn and become proficient at as you will be expected to contribute your time to this vital art at times throughout your playing career. However, it is true to say that modern computer technology is making the job of the casual scorer much easier. Scoring matches on laptop computers or smart-phones is becoming much more common and is likely to become the norm rather than the exception in future years.
Young scorers need to be aware of the following:
- Accurate scoring takes concentration. You need to carefully watch every delivery and learn anticipate accompanying signals from one of the umpires.
- You need to acknowledge all umpire’s signals, even when what has happened is obvious to all. The umpire is required to keep signalling until the signal is acknowledged by the scorers, so don’t cause a frustrating holdup in play by your lack of attention to this detail.
- You need to learn the standard score book symbols. Do not make up your own.
- You should verbalize what you are entering into the score book as it is unlikely you will be scoring by yourself. This will help avoid error. For example “3 to Barry” or “5 wides”.
- You should get into the habit of checking with the other scorer at the end of each over that you agree on the match details. In particular the number of runs off the over and the total score. From time to time, when you have a spare moment, you should check the scores of the batsmen at the wicket and the totals of the extras.
- If you happen to be scoring when an innings is concluded, don’t rush off to join your team-mates. It is your duty to check with the other scorer that everything adds up correctly and that all the finishing details are filled in.