Cricket

Local scorers benefit from two-day workshop with regional scoring giant from CWI

Thursday, November 15, 2018

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Fifteen scorers from local clubs and parish associations expanded their skills courtesy of a two-day training seminar organised by the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) last weekend at Sabina Park.

Noted Barbadian cricket scorer/statistician Harold Eastmond conducted the workshop which ran from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on both days. Participants were exposed to the linear scoring method and a variety of computer scoring solutions.

“They were trained into becoming match managers. The participants should now be able to score efficiently by computer and by paper, do Duckworth/Lewis, and also be able to accurately calculate net run-rate, bowlers and batsmen strike rate, economy rate and other necessary knowledge associated with cricket,” said Eastmond.

He added: “The importance of the scorer in the modern game is often overlooked, so this was undoubtedly a valuable experience for all of them. I'm particularly enthused that most of the scorers here were young people. This augurs well for the future of the game.”

Among the youngest scorers was 18-year-old Antonio Douglas who is a member of the Kingston Cricket Club. “I love all aspects of the game, but scoring and stats give me a certain thrill. Numbers help us to learn a lot about the strengths and weaknesses of team or individual performances. This seminar is tremendously helpful as it puts me in a better position to improve my club,” he said.

Douglas, who is a first-year information Technology major at the University of Technology, (UTech), went on: “My generation relies heavily on technology to communicate and deliver a variety of tasks, and the online (digital) scoring platform introduced to us here will make it easier for me to deliver on match days. Additionally, this platform makes scoring attractive to me and my peers as we are all computer savvy.”

Cricket West Indies (CWI), who assigned Eastmond for this task, is desirous of having a uniformed style of scoring in the Caribbean with all the territories using the same systems. Additionally, the regional governing body wants to increase the number of proficient scorers and statisticians in all territories.

JCA CEO Courtney Francis said, “The aim is that when CWI stages competitions across the region they have scorers capable of providing accurate statistical information on the happenings in the game in a timely manner for distribution to other stakeholders. We want to improve and develop our local expertise as well. Jamaica must be the crown jewel of the sport in the region. This seminar is another step in that direction.

“At the JCA we are being very deliberate and strategic in our approach to the development of talent on and off the field. More training and development opportunities are planned and these will be rolled out in the coming weeks,” he added.

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