The scorer in a cricket match is someone that is appointed to record all the runs scored, all the wickets taken and other appropriate statistics during game play. During professional cricket matches, as compliance to the Laws of Cricket, two scorers are always appointed during a match, each one provided by each of the opposing teams. These two individuals are in charge of keeping tabs of the run scores and the wickets lost by each team.

Scorers During a Professional Match

The scorers have no jurisdictions on how runs and extras are scored or how wickets are taken and overs bowled. This jurisdiction falls under the umpire’s responsibility. The umpire gives scorers a signal in the event of ambiguity such as extras granted to batsmen as well as runs as well as awards in boundaries 4 or 6. Scorers are sometimes required to provide their own scoring sheets to be able to fit their scoring techniques. Some scorers use colored pens to highlight wicket events or to be able to differentiate actions given by bowlers and batsmen of the two teams. The modern day scorecard is now very detailed and makes it possible to see the time everything occurred as well as the direction the batsmen hits a ball. Details of occurrences can be also accessed easily through score cards.

The Scoring System in Cricket

Compared to other sports, in cricket, scoring is double faceted and is from the total number of runs and the total number of wickets broken. The scorer is the one who pays attention to these statistics and is guided by the umpire in complicated situations. The scorer receives a signal from the umpire who is responsible for calling wickets and runs lost. After receiving the signal, the scorer must instantly recognize and record the score. For a run to score, the batsman must be able to strike the ball and run on the opposite end of the pitch while his teammate runs from the opposite end. The batsman should not touch the ground behind the batting crease with the bat or his body for a run to be successful. Broken wickets are also counted during a game. The wicket is considered to be lost or broken if one of the balls falls to the ground.