Cricketers worship records and stats. Go to any cricket club and you’ll see members with scorebooks that go back to the year dot. Often the job of scoring is as complicated as the game itself. The following steps aim to make the task simpler.
Look at previous entries in the scorebook. Sometimes a club will note what type of bowler a player is. For example, the abbreviation of a right-handed, fast-medium bowler is RFM. The umpire also will identify what type of bowler a player is before he bowls.
Know the all the proper abbreviations in a cricket scorebook. For example, "Caught" is shortened to "c" and "Bowled" is shortened to "b." For more information, see Resources below.
Know how to score the runs. The batsmen scores runs by running from one end of the batting pitch to the other. He also scores if he hits the ball over the rope that marks the edge of the playing area. A batting team can score runs if the bowler bowls too wide, bowls a "no ball," or if the batsman runs when ball has come off his body rather than the bat. In each of these cases, the score goes under the extras column.
Know the umpire signals. As a scorer, you will not always know how the batting team has scored its runs, but the umpire has a range of signals to tell you what happens after each ball. For more details, see Resources below.