Electronic Scoring

April 2017 update

The ECB published their new free scoring app for iPads and iPhones on March 15th, and shortly afterwards CricHQ, who recently took over TCS, announced a new free TCS scoring app for laptops. Meanwhile, nxcricket (very modestly priced) remains the favoured choice of scoring app for many schools. It is hard to believe that electronic scoring is still in its relative infancy.

Hitherto, the free CricHQ scoring app has been able to do everything that TCS does except operate a scoreboard but this has now changed with the development of a new scoreboard system by Quickscore.Though an independent company, it can link directly to CricHQ. It is similar in type to the giant screens at Test matches where it can display the score or videos (or anything else). It can also be used, for example, as a rugby scoreboard or any video display.

As if that weren’t enough, there is news of a self-build scorebox at a fraction of the price of commercial models. See build your own scoreboard. The site contains free instructions, designs and software which allows clubs (and schools) to build their own electronic scoreboard, using off the shelf materials available from builder merchants, online auction sites and an electronics retailer.

This is a community project, and we make no money from it! See also build your own scoreboard – other projects we know about active builds at more than 25 clubs around the world. This includes two schools in South Africa, who seem to be treating it as an electronics, IT and woodworking project for the students!

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.

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We are aware of five 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 above). 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 but not currently play-cricket (see below). 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 (though see below about link to play-cricket. Well established (eight 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, which has now been produced by an independent company (see below). 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).

There is some sort of spat going on with the ECB so currently this will NOT send scores direct to play-cricket (2017 season).

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) ECB/ play-cricket. This free app was launched on March 15th 2017 and so I can’t report yet on how it is going. I’d be interested to hear. So far, reports are not good, to be honest.

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.

ECB: this has not yet been fitted with the special widget for sending results to me more or less automatically, unlike the other three. I hope this will be rememdied shortly.