Miscellaneous Items


Vic Isaacs has produced the following list of Post War County Scorers. There are a few missing links. Could you check your county details and please e-mail myself vicisaacs@talktalk.net or John Brown. Thank you for your help.

Click on this link to see the full list

Keith Booth has been in correspondence with ECB ACO regarding CRB clearance, and he suggests that our members may like to read what he has written in his latest email to them:

“Thank you for your letter about CRB clearance. You’re quite right: I’m not.

The last letter I had from the Child Protection Team (Dec 2009) inviting renewal said ‘If you are still involved in junior cricket, please complete the form..” I wasn’t, so I didn’t.

Furthermore, I had understood that the Ethics and Compliance Committee were to take on board the obiter dicta recommendations of HMC et al that the requirement for clearance should be restricted to those who had regular or intensive contact wrth children.

In addition, I thought perhaps ECB might have anticipated the Protection of Freedoms Act which will make similar provisions.

If any of our members have their own views regarding CRB clearance for county scorers which they would like to add, please send them to the secretary who will collate and review them with a view to taking any action deemed necessary”.


We have all, I’m sure, decried in recent years the unbelievable things that have been introduced in the name of the dreaded “Elf & Safety”.

However it is possible you can use HSE Regulations to make your scoring life literally a great deal more comfortable.
Under the Workplace Regulation for operators of Visual Display Equipment, i.e. computer screens, there is a requirement for your employer to provide a chair that has a seat height adjustment, a swivel mechanism and castors or glides.
If you look on the HSE website at pdf file you can view the complete regulations and the chair information is on Page 18.

May I suggest if you do not have suitable chairs already that you bring the contents of this document to the attention of your Chief Exec/ Operations Manager/ Cricket Manager – suitable chairs need not cost a fortune and a pair can be purchased for less than £100. We should not have to sit on 2 chairs stacked together or use multiple cushions to allow us to do our job – I look forward to joining you in 2011 on seating fit for the purpose!

Mike Charman
Sussex CCC

Holiday pay
Keith Booth has been talking about holiday pay entitlement with both PA and Surrey and it occurred to him that some members may not be aware of their entitlement – which is 5.6 weeks minimum per annum; pro rata for shorter contracts. So, for example, for those (I suspect most) on six month contracts, the calculation would be average weekly pay over the season x 2.8.

PA is both more generous and more restrictive. While ours is not an employer-employee relationship, they regard their free-lancers as ‘workers’, require four weeks notice of holiday and, in the case of scorers, allow three weeks pay, based on the average weekly pay for the preceding thirteen weeks. This would apply to those who signed the contract in its original form, but those who signed the later, modified version, may be excluded.

In Derbyshire’s match with Middlesex at Derby in April there was a sequence of events which in my experience was unique, and I wonder whether anyone else can match it? In their second innings Derbyshire were bowled out for 403, but what made the innings so unusual was that the first man out was the number one batsman, the second wicket was No 2, the third No 3, and so on until the end of the innings when No 10 was out last, leaving number 11 not out. They had all been out in the order in which they had come in!

The match between Derbyshire and Glamorgan at Derby (11 to 14 July 2011) was remarkable for all sorts of reasons, but none more so than that both teams recorded a century last wicket partnership, the first time that this has ever happened in this country.
In Derbyshire’s first innings JL Clare (130) and ML Turner (27*) added 104, thus taking the score from 256 for 9 to 360 all out while, for Glamorgan, JAR Harris (60*) and WT Owen (69) took their score from 324 for 9 to 445 all out, a partnership of 121 which is coincidentally the highest-ever 10th wicket stand on this ground.

Howard Clayton reports that in the match between England Development XI and Sri Lanka A at Old Trafford on 8th August 2011 there was a seven-ball “Smudge” over – which, for the uninitiated, is an over in which every entry is different (called Smudge as a tribute to our late colleague, Mike Smith of Middlesex, who was fascinated by this rare scoring trivia event).

Howard tells us that the over, bowled to Kulasekera and Prasanna, went as follows:
Dot, Boundary 4, 2 runs, 1 Run, Wide ball, 3 Leg Byes, Wicket (Prasanna out off seventh ball).
Can anyone beat that?

For those of us who enjoy cricket scoring trivia, this must surely be a world record! During the CB40 match between Derbyshire and Middlesex at Chesterfield on 21st August 2011. Wayne Madsen faced the first ball of an over from Toby Roland-Jones and there was a leg-bye, from the second ball Chesney Hughes took a single; next ball was deflected off Madsen’s pads, the wicket-keeper dived to his left, but was unable to prevent the ball going to the boundary – 4 leg-byes; fourth ball – 1 leg-bye. It was at this point that I looked back at the previous over by Roland-Jones and I saw that Madsen had again managed a leg-bye off the fifth ball of that over: I remarked to colleague Don Shelley that this must surely be a new record of some sort. Hughes took a single off the fifth ball of the over and, believe it or believe it not, Madsen took another leg-bye off the last ball of the over. Since the intervening over had been a maiden with all balls faced by Hughes, Madsen had now faced five consecutive balls and all five of them had resulted in leg-byes. Surely this can never have happened before in any class of cricket anywhere in the world?! Or do you know differently?

Scorebooks: Those of us who still use scorebooks may obtain them from our supplier in Bristol, John Pursey. The cost at April 2014 is £42 (postage extra).

Orders may be placed with John Pursey, 11 Noble Avenue, North Common, Bristol, BS30 8YY
Tel 01179 326577 (mob: 07931 571210)
e-mail: john.pursey@hotmail.co.uk