On Wed 6th May, Sue Drinkwater covered editing techniques and tips, especially useful for correcting some common types of errors. It is hard to concentrate for a long period of time, so scoring mistakes are inevitable (not all of them caused by the scorers!) and knowing how to rectify things quickly is important.
At 7pm on Wednesday 20th May, the fourth episode of Sue Drinkwater's webinar will cover the use of Duckworth Lewis Standard Method within PCS on TABLETS and PHONES. - youtu.be/XyEC57RSdqA - ideally, but not essential, you should have downloaded and installed play-cricket.com/features-playcricketscorer as you can practice while she demonstrates.
Are you up to speed? Could you score a first class County T20? Come on then give it a try
On Saturday 30th May SKY are streaming as live the 2018 T20 Blast semi-final Worcestershire v Lancashire from Edgbaston
It is all set up for you all you need to do is load onto your laptop
Interested? Then follow this step by step guide to be ready to score this cricket match.
Open Total Cricket Scorer Now on the screen you have the scoreboard (you will need to have Wi Fi for next bit) On bottom of the score board there is an option live score Click on this, then select search options United Kingdom, Oxfordshire, Training. The match. Training Lancashire v Training Worcestershire 30th May will be there Right click on the game then left click on download. The game will now load onto your laptop ready to score. Select pause when requested.
That is it you are ready.
Check start time then tune in to SKY on Saturday and concentrate just like a real match except you are on your own; nothing new about that is there?
The match is set up in batting order you just need to enter the toss, opening batsmen and bowler and away you go, you will need to concentrate as there are numerous bowling changes, runouts with runs scored and crosses on catches.
On Wednesday 27th May, Sue Drinkwater covered dismissals on PCS Pro.
Recording a dismissal such as Bowled or LBW is a simple operation, but would you know what to do if a Stumping occurred off a Wide or the next batsman didn’t come in until after lunch? What would you do if you accidentally chose the wrong batsman on a Run Out and didn’t notice for 3 overs? Have you discovered how to retire a batsman in PCS Pro yet or how to cope with the rarest of dismissals, a Timed Out?
On Wednesday 3rd June, Sue Drinkwater streamed the Vanuatu T10 Blast match that took place on Saturday 30th May between the Ifira Sharks and the MT Bulls and inviting you to join them in scoring the first innings of this match via the following link www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBuubrmqS8s.
The match team sheet can be found at bit.ly/3cv6tMt.
The presenter scored it on Play Cricket Scorer Professional (PCS Pro), a linear scoresheet and the Play-Cricket Scorer (PCS) app. You can score it using your preferred method of scoring but help and advice will only be given for the 3 methods listed above.
You can download a blank linear scoresheet from bit.ly/302toMS to print at home.
For anyone using the PCS app, a demonstration on how to set this up as a Custom Match will take place at the start of the session, using just 4 players (opening batsmen and bowlers) and adding the rest as you go along. If you want to do this yourself ahead of the demonstration, please download the set up instructions from bit.ly/2zTbamd.
For anyone using PCS Pro, the match setup can be downloaded from bit.ly/2ZZYiFB and import as usual.
With many matches being streamed on YouTube and replays currently on TV, this session should give you a flavour of how to score along with a televised match.
England v Australia – T20 (2018) - 5.30pm June 3rd – Sky Cricket Middlesex v Surrey – T20 (2014) - 10.30pm June 3rd – Sky Cricket England v Pakistan -T20 (2015) – 9.30am June 4th – Sky Cricket These three T20 matches have been set up for you so that you can import the files into your local database and score the match from the Sky TV commentary. If these times are not convenient you could record them to score at your leisure!
Minimum system requirements To score these matches you will need:- • a laptop or computer with Windows 7 and service pack 1 or above (but NOT Windows 10S), • an internet connection to download Play-Cricket Scorer PRO for free (if you do not already have this on your laptop/computer) from this link www.play-cricket.com/features-playcricketscorerpro How to import these matches 1. Using the link below, download and save the matches to your laptop or to a memory stick:- play-cricket.ecb.co.uk/hc/en-us/articles/360009388198-Scoring-Practice-Files 2. Ideally, close your connection to the internet to ensure you are scoring in your local database which is only on your laptop/computer. 3. Open Scorer PRO and if you get a pop-up window asking you to login to Play-Cricket choose ‘continue without login’. (If you use Scorer PRO regularly and use Twitter then do not enable Tweets when asked) 4. Click on the ‘File’ menu on the main screen, top left. 5. Click on ‘Import Match’ from the File menu to open the import window. 6. In the top line, click on ‘Browse’ (top right) and select where you saved the downloaded match. Scorer PRO will display all the matches it finds in that location. 7. Find the match you want to score in the main body of the pop-up window. 8. Click on the match to highlight it. Then click on ‘Import’ (bottom right-hand corner). (A pop-up message will tell you that the match has been imported. It is easiest if you choose ‘Open match now’) Once you have imported the match, please ensure that you score it as the LOCAL SCORER and ideally delete it afterwards. You can tell you are the Local Scorer by looking in the bottom right-hand corner of the Scorer PRO main screen. The teams/players will stay in your LOCAL database. For further guides on using Scorer PRO you can go to play-cricket.ecb.co.uk/hc/en-us/categories/360000012789-Scoring-Software-Guides. Heather Vernon
Join the RunsWktsOvers YouTube channel at 7pm on Wednesday 10th June for a demonstration on how to record penalty runs and player suspensions.
There will be an explanation of the umpire's signals involved and aÂ demonstration of how to record penalty runs on a Box style (traditional) scoresheet, to aid understanding of which parts of the scoresheet are affected by penalty runs. They will also look at how penalty runs are recorded in Play Cricket Scorer Professional (PCS Pro) and the Play-Cricket Scorer (PCS) app.
For the PCS Pro illustration, a local match will be created at the time. To follow along, please create your own local match using any teams/players in advance or simultaneously with the presenter. For the PCS app display, the presenter will use the demo PCS demo match. To follow along, please download the PCS app to your tablet or smart phone beforehand. To round off the session, they will look at the scoresheet entries required if a player is suspended due to a level 3 or 4 offence under Law 42.
PCS Pro is available to download free-of-charge from the Play Cricket website but note PCS Pro is not being taught from scratch in this session.
The PCS app is available for Android and iOS free-of-charge from your app store but note PCS is not being taught from scratch in this session.
If you have enjoyed these video demonstrations, then you might want to use your favourite podcast app to head over to listen to the latest episode of Cricket Scorers Untallied.
There was another PCS Pro session on the RunsWktsOvers YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVm_bTuMu0M) on Wednesday 17th June covering configuration and tools in Play Cricket Scorer Professional (PCS Pro), where they took a look at some of the options that you can change to make PCS Pro suit your scoring preferences.
There are many ways to configure PCS Pro to make your scoring life easier and during this session Sue looked at some of the most useful ones and also examined how to move the scoring panels around and what you could be viewing in the scoreboard window, as well as fielding data and connecting up to social media.
You can follow along using any match in PCS Pro but if you don't want to create your own, download the partly scored match from bit.ly/2C5oDbl and import into PCS Pro
You've scored the match; you know how many runs each team has accrued but do you know the result of match and what to do with it?
There is a tight finish and either side could still win. Will you know the exact moment when the game has finished - what counts and what doesn't?
Match regulations state that in the event of a tie, the result will be decided on a Super Over. How are you going to score that Super Over? Will you be ready when the players take the field?
There won't be much scoring done in this session, but we will be using PCS Pro to end a match. If you want to follow that process, please download the match below and import it into Play Cricket Scorer Professional, ready to use at the right time.
Just to give you some additional details regarding the Pairs Cricket score-along on the RunsWktsOvers YouTube channel at 7pm on Wednesday 1st July
Pairs Cricket is usually played by junior players and although most of the MCC Laws of Cricket apply, many match regulations adapt the game for younger players, to give them the best possible chance to participate in all parts of the game.
One thing to note about Pairs Cricket, is that there is never a standard set of regulations to work to, so you do need to study the ones for your match in advance but the basics are the same in all formats.
Two teams consisting of an even number of players, each bat for one innings. The batting side form pairs and each pair bat for a set number of overs. All overs are bowled from the same end and all players are encouraged to bowl. Batters swap ends at the end of each over and when a wicket falls. If a player is dismissed, the batters swap ends but continue batting and a set number of runs are either deducted from the batting sideâ€™s total or added to the fielding sideâ€™s total (consistently throughout the match – depending on the match regulations). If the â€˜deduct rrunsâ€™ version is being played, the batting side start with an agreed total (usually 100 or 200). Wides and No Balls cost more than 1 run but will not be re-bowled until the final over. Bowled, Caught, Run Out, Stumped and Hit Wicket are the only dismissals allowed, although LBWs may be given if the ball is deliberately blocked with the leg or foot.
Confused? Iâ€™m not surprised, yet this is the format of cricket many parents are asked to score with no prior experience or training. As a tutor of new scorers, Iâ€™m often asked to give advice on Pairs scoring, so this is your opportunity to have a go at something you might need to help others with later.
We will be scoring from a match narrative written up as a transcript of an actual pairs match that took place in 2014 and using an adapted Box style scoresheet, both of which can be downloaded from the links below. You will need to print 2 blank scoresheets, but the narrative will be presented on screen, so that we can all score along at the same pace.
RunWktsOvers Pairs Cricket Regulations: -
Each team shall comprise of 8 players. Each game shall consist of one innings of 16 overs per side. Wides and no balls will score two runs but will not be re-bowled, except in the last over. The batting side shall be divided into pairs, each pair shall bat for 4 overs. Each team shall commence its innings with a score of 200 runs. Batsmen shall have unlimited â€œlivesâ€. For each loss of wicket 5 runs shall be deducted from the total. Batsmen shall change ends at the fall of each wicket except on the last ball of an over. Each fielder must bowl with the exception of the wicket keeper, who may bowl if required. No player shall bowl more than 4 overs.
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPAy-ZkDiAI) at 7pm on Wednesday 8th July will be session on Getting Started with Play Cricket Scorer (PCS), the scoring app available to download free of charge on smartphones and tablets.
The session will cover: - • Downloading a match from Play-Cricket. • Setting up a match from scratch. • Scoring preferences. • Match setup • Scoring basics
The PCS app has an inbuilt match type for scoring pairs cricket, a demo match to help you practice without doing any match setup, as well as the capability to â€˜Live Scoreâ€™ a fixture from the Play Cricket database.
When a return to recreational cricket is permitted, scorers may not want to handle a communal scorebook and scoring with the PCS app may be a useful alternative. Live Scores could be posted on your Play-Cricket website, reducing the number of requests for individual batting/bowling figures and therefore interaction with players and spectators.
This session follows on from last weekâ€™s Pairs Cricket Scoring session, as the PCS app has the capability of scoring Pairs Cricket and could prove useful to anyone wanting to score this type of cricket in the future.
Join the RunsWktsOvers YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toOLKt3RIlU) at 7pm on Wednesday 15th July for a discussion on returning to club cricket scoring. Both the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the ECB Association of Cricket Officials (ECB ACO) have issued guidelines for clubs, players and officials to make a safe return to club cricket in July 2020, but can you apply those guidelines sensibly in your scoring environment? What modifications have you planned or already implemented to create a safe scoring environment? Have you already returned to scoring and can offer some tips and advice for scorers yet to do so? Join this discussion via the chat window, with all useful tips and advice being relayed back on the screen for those watching at a later date or unable to access ‘Chat’ and let’s pool our scoring experiences to help each other to get back in the scorebox.