Basics of Cricket Scoring: Learn how to score & interpret a scorebook
What is cricket scoring?
Cricket scoring is the process of recording all runs scored, all wickets are taken and, where appropriate, the number of overs bowled. A scorer is a person who is responsible for recording the cricket score.
The scorer must always accept and record the umpire signals as given.
Different methods of scoring
There are two methods used in cricket scoring; manually and computerized.
- Manual scoring method or Paper-based scoring
In this method, the scorer uses a scorecard(scorebook) and a pen. A scorecard (scorebook) is a pre-printed book and these are available in different styles.
Simple score books allow the recording of each batsman’s runs, their scores and mode of dismissal, the bowlers’ analyses, the team score and the score at the fall of each wicket. More advanced score books allow for the recording of more detail, and other statistics such as the number of balls faced by each batsman.
Manual paper scoring is complicated and a trained scorer needs to score matches. On the other hand, online scoring is easy and does not require any prior knowledge or training.
Cricket Scorebook Basics (understand cricket scores)
These are the different symbols used for different type of score/stat in a traditional scorebook. Let’s learn how to use these symbols and how we can read a scorebook.
Look at the image above, the ‘circle’ symbol indicates NO BALL and the runs are marked inside the circle if the batsman hits the ball and scores in the NO BALL.
In some situation, the wicketkeeper misses the NO BALL and the batsman run BYES or the ball runs to the boundary for 4 byes. In that case, each BYE marked with a ‘dot’. These are known as NO BALL EXTRA.
The + symbol is used to represent the WIDE. In a wide ball, if the batsman run BYES or the ball hits the boundary for 4 byes, it is marked as a dot(as shown in the above picture).
Now let’s learn how to interpret the real data. Below image is the data of 3 overs of a bowler. Can you read the score of each ball?
- The first ball bowler bowled is a dot ball
- The Second ball, a no-ball, and bowler hit and run three runs.
- Next ball is a dot ball.
- This ball is a wide off which the batsmen run 2 byes
- Another dot ball.
- Next batsman scored 1 run.
- Batsman scored a 4.
- The last ball is a dot ball
In the over summary is written as 12-0, which means 12 runs for 0 wickets. Can you read other two overs?
- Scoring with a computer/mobile software (Online Cricket Scoring Apps)
A cricket scoring software is designed to provide a functional UI for the scorer to input all the possible records. And a powerful back-end with the software logic to handle the inputs from the scorer to render the smooth output(online scorecard) for the end users.
Typically, in a scoring software, the scorer has the option to press buttons to record ball by ball events. Some software has the option to record the wagon wheel and custom commentary, usually a mobile app used for scoring.
Most of the amateur tournaments are using the mobile app based software to score their matches as it is more convenient and affordable. An online cricket scoring platform offers amateur cricketers to keep their score online, personalized statistics and graphs on their own mobile devices.
The data will be stored in the scoring platform and cricket organizers can access the data anytime they need. It gives them a chance to escape from the nightmare of keeping large piles of paper records and tedious excel calculations.
The main advantage of an online cricket scoring platform is, it needs less expertise to score matches. For example, Chauka scoring app(available in android and ios) is easy to use and does not need any special training to start scoring.
Chauka’s scoring platform is most reliable and user-friendly. You can create your tournament profile, team profiles, and add players to the team. Then you need to group teams, schedule matches and you are ready to go. Install the Chauka scoring app and start scoring your matches.
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Charts and graphs
You can see a lot of useful charts and graphs in an online scoring platform. All these charts and graphs generated automatically based on the cricket score. Advanced reports like Pie chart, wagon wheel, worm graph, line graph, players comparisons, MVP and NRR helps you to analyze and understand the game better.
What type of scoring do you use for your tournaments?
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