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The MCC Law Changes 2017

ECB ACO has produced a summary detailing the changes to the Laws of Cricket that make a difference to scoring entries and have given permission for this to be published on the ‘Notchers’ website. The ECB ACO summary is here.


Many users will have received an email from which starts:“We are pleased to announce that CricHQ, the cricket data, technology and video company, has been re-launched, following restructuring, with new investment, a new Chief Executive and a new Managing Director in the UK to lead the company through its next phase of development.”

Barnaby Kent, MD, UK and Europe – CricHQ/My Action Replay/TCS sends this message to all TCS users: "Thank you for the incredible interest and support we have received concerning TCS following the change of ownership of CricHQ early this year. We plan on supporting TCS now and into the future and are looking to provide a release before the season starts."

Play-Cricket Scorer Pro software and Play-Cricket Scorer app.

These are being promoted by ECB ACO. Free training sessions are available. Contact ECB ACO for more information.

Blind Cricket England and Wales (BCEW)

Blind Cricket England and Wales (BCEW) needs Scorers for the following fixtures:

  • Wavertree Merseyside - April 29th and August 19th (Sundays) - Venue: Wavertree CC
  • Somerset VICC - May 19th and July 7th - Venues to be advised
  • RNC Hereford Bulldogs - June 9th and June 23rd - Venues to be advised
  • Staffordshire Wolves - July 1st (Sunday) - Venue to be advised
  • Hampshire VICC - August 12th (Sunday) - East Tytherly CC
  • Derbyshire Owls - June 3rd and July 22nd (Sundays) - Venues to be advised
  • Derbyshire Owls - September 2nd (Sunday) - Alvaston & Boulton CC
If you can help please contact Paul Toplis at for more information.


The newsletters are published as PDF documents, which most computers will open automatically. If yours does not, you can download Acrobat Reader here. You can also right-click and 'Save as' to save the file to your machine.

The latest issue is Notchers 42 - June 2018. All back issues can be downloaded from the list on the right, and there is a full index of all Notchers' News articles.

The next issue is due to be published in September 2018. The closing date for submissions is 21st August 2018.

Share your cricket scoring experiences and scoring questions with readers. Photos are welcomed and add interest to the newsletter. Contact to submit articles, photos, letters and questions.

Scorer Training Courses

The Scorer Training Courses Update offers information on scorer training courses notified to Notchers' News. Contact information for each course is included. If you want to advertise a scorer training course in your area please email course details (dates, venue and contact number) to The information will be updated regularly.

Correspondence Course

The ECB ACO offers an Introductory level course and details are available on the ECB ACO web site.

A Standard level equivalent course, open to anyone wishing to learn more about cricket scoring, is independently run to the high standards formerly set by ACU&S. The course fee is £15 and details are available from

Getting Started

The two Powerpoint presentations have been prepared to give novice scorers a basic understanding of the entries to be made in the scoring record. It cannot teach all you need to know to become about cricket scoring – you will need to attend a scorer training course or access a scorer correspondence course to help you to achieve this.

Before using this presentation you should:

The first presentation records the match information in the recorded scoring record. The second presentation displays, ball by ball, the scoring record entries for the 6 overs described in the guide.

If you don't have Powerpoint or Microsoft Office installed, you can download the Powerpoint viewer here. Additionally, you will need to install this cricket font file on your system to view the scoring symbols correctly.

PLEASE NOTE: the following presentations are no longer compliant with the 2017 MCC Code of Laws. They will be updated soon to cover the changes. In the meantime, they are here as reference only.

Millennium Scoring Record

The A3 scoring record originally designed by members of the ACU&S Scorers' Board is available. Contact for more details.

  • Binder and 50 sheets (= 100 innings) £20 + P&P
  • Refill pack of 50 sheets £10 + P&P

Profits from the sale of the records go to maintaining the Milstead Cricket Club and ground.

Linear Score Book

Designed to take all games played in one club cricket season. Each sheet will take 70-80 overs per side with all appropriate statistics. Price £18.00 + p&p. Contact Polly Rhodes at for more information

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