It's great to see how many full scorecards are appearing in Play-Cricket and how many scorers I am seeing at games using the apps. This has been a quicker step forward than I had hoped and I think puts us in a strong position to have full scorecards for all leagues next season.
I have unfortunately seen a lot of examples of rules not being followed, in some cases just down to managers not been given the rules in advance of games. I don't want to be overly strict all the time but these rules have been put together carefully to be followed to the letter and I'd like to highlight a few examples which I have seen and would like not to see again this season: -
- Under 8s games are 20 overs a side not 16. Please do not accept offers to make it 16 overs or 10 a side.
- Pink balls MUST be used for evening matches.
- A no ball for too many bounces is 3 bounces not two. This is important so we can avoid demoralising young bowlers with calling too many no balls
- LBW MUST be applied in hard ball games. I have seen examples of managers agreeing to only apply it if it's too out not to give. If it's out, it's out. If you want to "not play" LBWs please also include Bowled, Caught and Run Out as not counting too as that's no different
- A note on wides. Please can you make sure all your umpires know that it can only be a wide if the ball doesn't touch any part of the batsman. I have seen too many examples of wides being given with balls being smacked to the boundary. There are some great videos for inexperienced umpires to watch about the Laws of the game.
Flicx have new competition to win a 2G Flicx Pitch. We have been using one at our club this year and it has opened up hard ball training to all areas of the ground which has been invaluable and they are also great for soft ball outfield games saving groundsmen issues with painting multiple lines for the shorter pitches.
To enter, visit http://www.flicx.co.uk/competition/
complete the application form and explain in no more than 300 words why you should win a pitch and the impact it would make to your facility or cricket project. Good luck!