Jun 12, 2009 Sports
The cricket umpires and scorers seminar, which began at the DCC pavilion on June 2, entered its second week and facilitator for the scoring lectures Linden Wilson said he was impressed with the level of enthusiasm shown by participants.
Wilson, a former Police Division One fast bower and a qualified athletics coach, told Kaieteur Sports after last Wednesday’s session that he is very pleased with the way the participants interacted with him and seemed eager to become top class scorers.
Sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at DCC from 17:00hrs – 19:00hrs, while the scorers classes are held on Wednesday from the same time.
While the umpires classes lead up to the preliminary exams, which is scheduled for July 26, this is the first time that scorers are being formally taught the rudiments of book scoring.
Veteran scorer Ron Legall introduced the inaugural scoring session last week Wednesday while Wilson is the tutor for the remainder of the course.
“We are starting with the beginners so are looking at the basics of book scoring, we don’t want to scare them away with too much complicated stuff…..that will come later as they progress as scorers and become more experienced and confident,” Wilson, one of Guyana’s top cricket scorers, explained.
In addition to scoring at regional and International level for the Guyana Cricket Board, Wilson also scores for live radio broadcast of cricket and stressed the need for those now learning to score for the first time to ‘keep it simple’ and don’t try to be too fancy.
“Always use a pencil since you can erase if you make mistakes and keep communicating with your fellow scorers as much as possible. Being a scorer calls for lots of concentration and you must also love what you do and enjoy it,” Wilson pointed out to the 13 participants present.
At present the standard of book scoring at the club level in Guyana is very poor and many times teams struggle to find persons to score their books even at the first division level.
In the past each club had a designated scorer, while now various players are asked to ‘help out’, resulting in most times uncompleted books, causing numerous problems for reporters covering, especially second division games.
The Georgetown Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association is hoping to have scorers who successfully complete this course assigned to clubs. It is hoped that the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) can implement a rule in their competitions which state that if a team is not accompanied by an official scorer, then an agreed number of points they would have gained from a match would be forfeited.
Joycelyn Beck, Sharon Bascom and Deborah Coulthrust are the three females among the 13 participants for the scoring seminar and it is hoped that an intermediate and senior scoring seminar will follow this beginners sessions to adequately prepare persons for a career as International scorers. Umpire Andrew Allen, who is also a scorer, assisted Wilson during last Wednesday’s sessions, which were attended by umpires including Test umpire, Eddie Nicholls.
Umpires classes are also being held in Berbice and Essequibo and a ‘Mock Exam’ will be conducted on the Thursday before the July 26 National exams.
The next session at DCC is on Tuesday and a major disappointment in the past has been the absence of local cricketers, cricket broadcasters and cricket journalist from these classes.
“I would hope that more cricketers and journalists take the opportunity to learn the laws of cricket since it is disappointing that many cricketers and cricket journalists are unaware of the many changing laws and regulations of cricket. Players and those involved in cricket are again being invited to attend the umpires seminars,” Nicholls said.
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