17 participants successfully completed a one-day Nairobi scorers’ course at the Ruaraka Sports Club on Friday, 14th September, 2012.
The attendance had several familiar faces in what was widely regarded as a refresher engagement where the accustomed converged to up skill on the current best practices as far as the profession of scoring is concerned.
Preparation was identified as a key component to scoring as it would be to playing or umpiring, scorers still require learning their skills as players do. Therefore preparedness would place them in a much better situation on the match day as anyone else.
Part of it is to ensure comfort is there for the duration of the period they’ll spend sitting and jotting down the scores. Unless they are comfortable, they may lack concentration for the match supposedly if there is an uneasy situation about them. Several of these factors are issues the scorers are expected to address themselves as officials will only make the appointment and expect the scorecards to be produced as accurate as it is possible.
The scorers used the opportunity to gain important knowledge on the cricket laws that affect scoring; several of these laws deal with incidents that hinge on scoring as a whole. Producing correct and accurate recordings in a pressurised environment can be challenging as some of them found out during the afternoon session.
The participants learned that constant checks is the only way to ensure correctness of the scores throughout the game and following of a particular sequence of entries will limit errors on the scorebook and also ensure that should any of any occur it will be easy to detect and correct.
The checks are not limited to the scorebook entries alone, but also with the umpires’ during scheduled intervals on doubtful points. Eventually, the summation of the batting sheet and the bowling analysis need to match with the cumulative totals to make certain that every item is in place.