Scorer's cramp

Posted in ECB ACO

I have just had a great day scoring a Sixteen16 tournament - like Twenty20 but less work and more time to eat between matches.

Thanks Peter Blackler for inviting me again. I had a treat in scoring one young man's four wickets in four balls - his spell was 1.5 overs and the boxes went .w.1.(run out)1 and then 1.w w w w .

I have to confess I did not see the fourth wicket fall as someone drove a white van into the ground at the crucial moment and kindly stopped exactly in front of my table.

The scorecard was a picture - they had gone from 43 for two to 51 all out. The batsmen's scores were 15, 21, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 and the rest were extras. The side who lost were in shock - they had only been chasing 85 in 16 overs and thought they had it all wrapped up.

In the following game the same gentleman hit 96 off 33 balls with only two dot balls, his 50 coming in 17 deliveries. Yes, he did get the player of the day award.

At the end of a very warm July I have three scoring related ailments. You have heard of housemaid's knee and tennis elbow, well mine are notcher's elbow and scorer's cramp along with a dose of little person's ankle.

The notcher's elbow is from leaning on them all day as I write - this was exacerbated by visiting a box with a broken chair. As the visitor, I got the chair with the broken back and so could not lean back at all during the match, hence the sore elbows.

The scorer's cramp is due to holding pens constantly from start of play to the finish, often in both hands, so that I have the correct colours for the current bowlers ready.

The issue with little person's ankle is due to my being 1.61m high - that's 5ft 3ins in old money - and in order to reach the table at various venues I need to balance on tip-toe to keep a foot on the ground so that the swivel chairs don't whizz around. I also do that so I can reach leavers if needed to help with the scoreboard too.

This coupled with the need to get the right angle to write in all the little boxes, means I seem to be on tip-toe all day.

My solutions to these problems have come in the shape of a piece of MDF (that's medium density fire-board to those who care - just me then).

My dear other half has neatly cut it so that it is bigger than my standard score sheets, but just the right size to attach bulldog clips all round to keep the sheets in place, and to fasten a pencil case to one end.

Now I do not need to rely on the table, or my elbows, alas I am still short and the sore feet are still a problem when the bar stool, sorry chair, is too high for me.