Electronic Scoring

June 2016 update. CricHQ have taken over TCS (see below for both) but for the moment nothing has changed for either system. They will in due course be integrated.

HMC schools cricket and ECB strongly urge schools (at all ages and however humble the team) to move towards electronic scoring. It has huge advantages and is just as valuable for the House Zs as for the 1st XI. For a start it is extremely simple to score a match as one does in a traditional scorebook, involving one tap per ball. For slightly more advanced scoring, eg including producing wagon-wheels, it is a further tap. For even more advanced it can involve up to four taps to include things like the length of the ball, the fieldsman’s performance etc, but this is probably more than most schools would want. It is also great fun so, rather than chasing around on Saturday morning trying to find a scorer, you’d probably have them queuing up.

If you’re worried about the game “disappearing” into the ether, relax.  All systems have an automatic update with every entry. However, do make sure you start the day with a full battery (unless you have a socket to hand).

Depending on your software (see below), the computer will produce all averages, wagon wheels, manhattan charts etc etc with no further input and operate an electronic scoreboard. It will, at the end of a match, send an e-mail to this website in the correct format for weekly publication of results with one click. It will send a live feed to your school’s website. It will also send a live feed to the ECB’s play-cricket website. Go to play-cricket and register so that you can see live scores. The same applies to NatWestCricHQ (register to see live scores). All free and simple.

We are aware of four systems currently available:

1) Total Cricket Scorer. This is currently the Rolls-Royce of the genre and costs £59.99 for the software (but see below). There is an additional licence fee for the operation of an electronic scoreboard. The widgets also allow each school to show live scores on its own web site, a feature that is very popular with those who have taken this up. TCS also has an iPhone/iPad and Android version at £4.99 which, with a live score licence, will send the same feed to TCS and play-cricket. Also if you are using TCS apps all data can be sent to one TCS controller and all stats kept together by simply exporting, sending and importing the match.

Broadly speaking this system will do everything. Well established (seven years), fully tested, stable, and very simple to use.

2) CricHQ. For my money, the rising star in this field (galaxy perhaps). It is entirely free. Hitherto available only as an App for Apple devices, it now has an Android version for other makes. It will do everything which TCS does except operate a scoreboard. They are working on a different type of scoreboard, akin to the big screens at international matches, but this won’t be available this year. Further, the CricHQ (parent) website will store all information sent to it to build up a comprehensive picture of players from, say, Under 11 onwards. Also has live scoring (ie you can see from your office how the Junior Colts are doing, live).

This system is also supported by ECB and is part of the pilot scheme to send all info to ECB’s play-cricket.

3) nxcricket. Similar to CricH. Cost £4.99 for the software for an iPhone, £9.99 for an iPad. It is an App for Apple devices. Probably the most user-friendly of all three systems, it will do everyhing as above  except operate a scoreboard plus a few more besides (such as an automatic PDF of all match statistics).  It will also send a report to Schools Cricket Online in the usual format.

4) Cricket Scorekeeper App for iPhone and iPad. Free to install, but with a small charge for unlimited use. Click on this link to install:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/cricket-scorekeeper/id385434727?mt=8

How to send results to Schools Cricket Online using Total Cricket Scorer.

Set up the e-mail address: Tools – Settings – Short report settings. Enter [email protected] and click OK (you need do this only once). It should be set to 100+ runs or 5+ wickets; if not, make sure it is. Do NOT click the result box.

At the end of the match, click on Match – Reports – Email short report.

As long as you have an email client set up on your computer (Outlook or whatever) the e-mail will appear ready to go.

Click send. Process complete.   

With the iPad/iPhone use the menu | email | short report.

How to send results to Schools Cricket Online using CricHQ

Set up a  Schools Cricket Online contact. Enter [email protected] (you need do this only once)

At the end of the match, click on Match – Share (top right) – Email media scorecard.

As long as you have an email client set up on your computer (Outlook or whatever) the e-mail will appear ready to go except for the Addressee.

Typing “schools” in the “To” field will offer the email address for schoolscricketonline. Select it.

Click send. Process complete.

How to send results to Schools Cricket Online using nxCricket/ nxCricketHD

Set up a Schools Cricket Online contact. Enter [email protected] (you need do this only once)

At the end of the match, click on the email icon at the bottom of the screen (in match listing).

Select a match, then select Results.

You will be given an option to send the email to all players. Select “none”.

As long as you have an email client set up on your computer (Outlook or whatever) the e-mail will appear ready to go except for the Addressee.

Typing “schools” in the “To” field will offer the email address for schoolscricketonline. Select it.

Click send. Process complete.