December 06 2003
WICB brings local score keepers in line with regional counterparts
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
On numerous occasions when veteran score keeper Yvonne Daniel traveled over
the last 15 years to score Leeward Islands Cricket Association matches or
when other score keepers visited, she often times noted there would be some
confusion in the scores booth regarding one referees' signal in particular.
Over the weekend, Daniel was among six score keepers participating in a
West Indies Cricket Board sponsored score keepers' clinic held at the
Treasure Isle Hotel, aimed at standardizing scoring across the region.
Daniel who has been scoring since her father dropped the book in her lap 30
years ago and told her to score, said the course assisted her in clarifying
that one confusing signal. "Sometimes a referee signals no ball and he puts
his hand up and we didn't know what kind of signal it was, whether it was a
no ball or bye," Daniels said after completing the course on Monday night.
"We learnt that if the batsman doesn't hit the ball, that's why the umpire
put their hand up after they signal no ball. That was important for me."
The two day course was facilitated by Barbados' Danley Boxhill, who has
been conducting similar regional courses for the WICB since late November
and will complete his task by early January. "It's a new system and
obviously, scorers have to understand certain ways of using the system for
it to be effective. What they'll find is that the system is not only more
informative but simpler. Yon only make one single entry when a ball is
bowled. Previously, you made a minimum of two entries," Boxhill explained,
noting the main thing happens at the end of the over, the fall of a wicket
or an interval. "It's an ongoing system where you accumulate at the end of
each event which means you are up to date. If any information is required
you can read it off at any point in time," Boxhill added. "That is what
makes this system very quick. It has to balance itself as you go along
because it's designed that way. That then adds to the accuracy as well by
capturing the information accurately which is where you focus onthe action.
Those two areas to my mind make the system stand alone as being better than
most other systems."
Boxhill said the WICB approved the system because they see how it can
develop and benefit cricket as the information can help the various
regional associations and boards improve the game. "The first step in
improving anything, whether is a business or sports, is having accurate and
appropriate information that it can help you to plan strategies, design
programs and observe strengths and weaknesses. This is what we need to do
in the West Indies to catch up with the rest of the world," Boxhill noted.
"We need to bring our head into the game a lot more. We have the talent,
but certainly talent alone isn't going to do it. It is how we use the
talent we have that is going to get us back to the top and I think this is
the first stage. At all levels, from junior levels right up, we'll be able
to capture information on them and help develop the youngsters all the way
up and not wait until they get to the top, observe their weaknesses and
then try to change them at that point in time. Therefore, I think it's a
tool that can be useful from the schools right up to test level."
Among the group was Virgin Gorda's Gloria Gibson who keeps scores for her
team at home and when they travel. She said the course was extremely
informative. "I learnt a lot about the game and more about the aspects of
scoring and how important it is to have the accurate information where
scoring is concerned."
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