On Sunday the 27th September, University Cricket Club held a scorer's training day, in preparation for the upcoming CTPL season.
Uni has recruited 3 new scorers for the forthcoming season - Krupa Rajodia, Dharam Jogani and Aruna De Silvia - who attended the session, along with second year scorers, Vijay Seshandri, Kavindu Abeyweera and Vyasa Akondi.
The day was a very full day of training, built around a fictionalised (but still believable!) game of Twenty20 cricket. This involved using the Total Cricket Scorer software, understanding the use of running sheets, how to interpret umpire signals, and the importance of communicating and confirming with the other team’s scorer at the end of every over.
Other topics included interaction with Umpires, use of Target Score tables for lower grade games, and a brief introduction to the MyCricket LiveScore App. This app, and the live video stream it supports, will be a key part of Uni's scoring process this season; keep an eye on their games that are live streamed through the CTPL Match Centre!
Nigel Wilson, Uni's head of Scorer Training, spent a lot of time organising a training package for the day. The objective University have set for themselves this year is to have every game, in every grade of Premier League, scored electronically.
All scorers, both new and old will spend the next 2 weeks 'shadow scoring' under match conditions - firstly at University first round match at Kingborough on the 3rd of October, and then both at the Riverside and Lindisfarne on the 10th.
University of Tasmania Cricket President Charles Rose had this to say:
"The work Kim and Nigel have done over the past 18 months has been outstanding in recruiting and developing our scorers. In 2017/18 we had a First Grade scorer, a Second Grade scorer for half the season, and often a parent scoring for all other Grades. To now have 8 scorers for each of our Premier League sides and SCA Community Cricket side is such a luxury, and our captains and parents in particular have shown their appreciation to our hard working scorers.
With funding from Cricket Tasmania providing enough to remunerate Men’s and Women’s 1st Grade and 2nd Grade scorers, the club made the decision last season to invest in our scoring team and fund the remaining positions, and we are really pleased with our return on investment to date.
With Kim in charge of co-ordinating the roster, we know that our scorers are organised, on time and ready to go which makes a massive difference for our captains, with one less thing to worry about on game day.
Our Cricket Operations Manager Gene Phair liaises closely with our scorers in training to use our video electronic scoreboard, and will be coordinating the implementation of our live video stream which will add another layer to what our scorers are contributing to raising the profile of the game.
Additionally as a University club, we play a key role in contributing to the student experience, so it is really pleasing that all of our scorers in training are current or recent UTAS students who have engaged with our club to meet new people, learn new skills and continue to enjoy the game of cricket.”
University Cricket Club would like to thank both Kingborough and Lindisfarne Cricket Clubs for their support, and for the generous use of their facilities for these training opportunities.