These guidelines were prepared by Robin Rees from the Kirribilli Crusaders Cricket Club following an information session from the New South Wales Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association.
Get into a regular routine i.e. ALWAYS follow the same sequence whenever making any entry into the scorebook. The recommended method id working from the top of the page down: runs to the batsman or sundries, runs to the score, runs against the bowler.
If no run is scored
Place a dot in the bowler’s box.
Runs scored after striker hits the ball
· Record the number of runs to the batsman who hit the ball
· Mark or cross off the number of runs to the team score
· Note the number of runs in the bowler’s analysis
· Same process applies to boundaries (4s & 6s) although you must score to the umpire’s signal. If no boundary is signalled, the runs completed only are scored, even if you think the ball crossed the boundary.
· If an umpire signals one short, the runs completed by are reduced by one and scored accordingly e.g. the batsmen ran three, but one short is signalled; in this case, two runs will be scored against the striker, team score and bowler.
· Bye – Enter 1 in Byes section, add one to the team score, enter a small B in the bowlers analysis (this does not count as a run against the bowler).
· Leg Bye – Enter 1 in the Leg Bye section. Add one to the team score, enter a small L in the bowler’s analysis (this does not count as a run against the bowler).
· No Ball – Is always a one run penalty, irrespective of what happens off the ball. If No Ball is signalled and no runs result, enter 1 in the No Ball section, add one to the team score, enter a dot with a circle around it in the bowler’s analysis (this counts as one run against the bowler).
If runs are scored and the umpires signals Bye or Leg Bye, and also No Ball, follow the procedure above. Such runs are scored as No Balls because the striker did not hit the ball.
If runs are scored off the striker’s bat:
· Enter the runs scored against the batsman in the usual manner but circle the runs figure (can be useful when balancing).
· Cross off the runs plus one penalty extra from the team score
· Enter 1 in the No Ball section
· Enter runs scored with a circle around the figure in the bowler’s analysis e.g. two runs off the bat and No Ball is signalled: 3 count against the bowler.
· Wide – Is always a one run penalty, irrespective of what happens off the ball. If Wide is signalled and no runs result, enter 1 in the Wide section, add one to the team score, enter a plus sign + in the bowler’s analysis (this counts as one run against the bowler).
If runs are scored and the umpire signals Wide, cross off the runs completed plus one penalty extra from the team score, enter the same number of runs in the Wides section, enter the runs scored as wides in the bowler’s analysis using the + sign with the runs completed above it (the + sign counts for one and the small number above it whatever the batsmen ran. The runs completed and the penalty count against the bowler).
· Penalty Extras – if awarded by the umpire, these are 5 runs additional penalties, added to the team score and the penalty extras box.
Balancing the book
To avoid problems at the end of the innings or day, scorers should do this often throughout the afternoon. The scorers should check they agree, preferably after every over, but certainly every five overs at the outside.
For the book to balance, two equations must be satisfied:
1. Runs scored by all batsmen plus all sundries = team cumulative total
2. Runs against all bowlers plus byes and leg byes = team cumulative total
If it is near the end of play, scores are close and you find you cannot balance, send a message (through someone else) to the umpire that there is a problem. Do not wait until the players have left the field.
Suggested approach if you don’t balance:
At the end of the day’s play
At the end of an innings
Recommended scoring symbol
Non Event Delivery