Standard Scoring Symbols
Whilst Cricket Australia have a set of standardised symbols for use at representative scoring level (senior cricket), we believe that, at all other levels of the game, as long as each scorer is consistent in their use of symbols then that is the most important thing.
We recommend using a ‘legend’ of symbols in the sundries section of the scorebook so that anyone looking at the book can easily identify what each symbol means.
For those new to scoring, in our training courses we recommend the use of the following symbols:
L Leg bye
X or + Wide
O No ball
We are often asked whether to take the batting or bowling as being correct when the scores are disputed.
Having reconstructed many innings ball by ball, we can say with experience that it is not possible to say that one figure is more likely to be correct over the other. Therefore, it is necessary for the umpires (or captains in the absence of umpires and coaches in junior cricket) to go over the scorebooks together and try and find any mistakes if the scorers are unable to find the problem themselves.
If this is not possible, the teams must agree on a score (in the case of a first innings) so that the team batting second has a fixed target. Once this is done you cannot go back and change that innings/score, even if you do find the error at a later time. The score of the team batting first cannot be a ‘moving target’.
If the disputed score occurs in the innings of the team batting second (i.e. the last innings of the match), and the umpires/captains/coaches cannot determine or agree on the score, then the local association’s playing conditions must be followed.
In some cases this means the umpires/captains/coaches must agree on a score, or in other cases the scorebooks shall be impounded and sent to the governing body for adjudication. Contact your Club Secretary who should be able to advise you of the correct steps to take in this instance.
Whilst we are supportive of electronic scoring methods in the modern age, we cannot and do not endorse any particular system for use by scorers.
We advise that MyCricket is currently used by Cricket Australia at all levels of the game for live scoring purposes.