Basildon & Pitsea Cricket Club - A guide to scoring

Scoring guide for players

No cricket match can take place without scorers.  The purpose of this guide is to give players who score the confidence to take their turn in a match situation to ensure the game goes ahead without any problems, and that the results can be updated to the league website as quick as possible.


The batting section of the scoring record


  • Hopefully, you will have received a team list; even better it will be in batting order.
  • Record names and details etc in pencil; things do change and it is easier and tidier to rub out!
  • Indicate the skipper with an (*) and the wicket keeper with (+).
  • When a batsman is out, draw diagonal lines // in the “runs scored” section after all entries for that batsman to show his innings has completed.
  • Record the method of dismissal in the “how out” column; if unsure who took a catch etc, then ask the other scorer.
  • Write the bowler’s name in the “bowler” column only if he gets credit for the dismissal.The bowler does not get credit for run outs or time outs.
  • When a batsman’s innings is completed record his total score.

Cumulative score


  • Use one stroke to cross off each incident of runs scored.
  • When more than one run is scored and the total taken onto next row then signify this by extending the line across the end of the cumulator, and at the beginning of the new row (as below).




End of over score


  • At the end of each over enter the total score, number of wickets fallen and bowler number in the space provided.
  • Do not be afraid to check the score with the opponents scorer after each over, to ensure there are no mistakes.

The bowling section of the scoring record


  • Always record the balls in an over in the same sequence in the overs box. Examples below.
  • An over containing wide or no balls will have extra balls bowled; show these in the middle of the box.
  • All balls bowled must be entered; if by mistake the umpire gives a 7 or 5 bowl over this should still be recorded and treated as a completed over.
  • A maiden over is a completed over by a single bowler in which there is no score against that bowler. The dots should be joined together to form an “M”. Example below. This applies if there has been a miscount of balls as the point above.
  • A part over for any other reason (end of game, injury etc) cannot be recorded as a maiden over.
  • If a wicket falls that is credited to the bowler, enter a “w” for that delivery.
  • If a wicket credited to the bowler falls in a maiden over it will be classed as a “wicket maiden”. Join the dots and the “w” together to form a “W”. Example below.
  • Numerals are used only for runs made when the ball has struck the bat.





Byes and leg byes


  • Can be entered as a dot ball, however better to use a symbol.
  • For byes, use a “B” or an upward pointing triangle
  • For leg byes, use a “L” or a downward pointing triangle
  • Runs made as byes are recorded in the appropriate line of fielding extras and are not added to the bowlers total.

Wides and no balls


  • Under MCC laws of cricket, a one run penalty is awarded for a no ball or a wide in addition to any other runs made on that delivery.
  • All wides and no balls count towards the bowlers total in the bowling analysis.
  • Any over containing a wide or no ball cannot be a maiden over.
  • A wide or no ball is not a fair delivery; therefore does not count as one of the six legal deliveries in an over.
  • If a wicket falls when a wide or no ball has been bowled, and there are no other runs, record the 1 run penalty before entering the score at the fall of the wicket.
  • The symbol for a no ball is a circle; if the batsman hits the ball and runs are made, you should record these using numbers inside the circle.The batsman should receive the credit for the runs scored (added to his total) however the penalty run should be added in the extras column.All runs scored go against the bowler.
  • If the ball is not hit, and there are runs scored as byes, these should be recorded as the appropriate number of dots within the circle.All of these runs are counted as no ball extras (including the penalty run) and also added to the bowlers total.
  • The symbol for a wide is a cross. The batsman cannot score runs from a wide delivery by hitting the ball (as it would not be a wide if he has hit it) so any runs on top of the penalty run should be recorded as dots around the cross.All runs are counted as wide extras and also added to the bowlers total.
  • If the wide ball results in a stumped or hit wicket, and the batsman is given out, the bowler receives credit for the wicket (however the penalty run is still added) and a small w is added to one point on the cross.

Summarising the bowling


  • Complete the total number of overs, maidens, runs and wickets for each bowler at the end of the innings.
  • If an over is incomplete, each fair delivery is recorded as 0.1 balls.


Completing the totals


  • To complete the batting totals, record the remaining batsman (2 if declared or result reached, 1 if all out) as “Not Out”.If there are batsman that haven’t batted, record the as “DNB” (did not bat).
  • Ensure each batsman that has batted has a total runs scored.
  • Add the runs scored by the batting team together to obtain the batting total.
  • Add the number of extras together (wide, no ball, byes and leg byes).
  • Take the batting total, and the extras total, and add them together to get the batting teams score.
  • To complete the bowling totals, add the runs against the bowlers together to get the bowling total.
  • Add the byes and leg byes together to get the byes total.
  • Add the bowling total and the byes total together to get the bowling score.

The batting team score, bowling team score and the cumulative run scored should all tally !!


If not…..


  • Check all totals are correct (including individual batting and bowling tallies).
  • Ensure that all extras have been accounted for correctly (all extras added to batting, only byes and leg byes to bowlers).
  • Check the run totals for each over against the bowling record.
  • Consult with the other scorer and see their scorebook; see if you can spot an error.