Picking up a device for the very first time and starting to score a cricket match can be daunting, so we have made this beginners guide to help any one looking to score on CricHQ for the first time. We've used a Samsumg device in our example, but if you're an iPhone user you can follow along (and maybe even learn a thing or two from Android friends!)
We will go through the basics around:
So let's get started.
1. Creating a match
A) Download the app and go to scoring
Download the CricHQ application for iOS or Android and login. Once logged in you will need to navigate to the scoring section and select the '+' icon or 'Create new match'.
In here you have two options, Create own and From a CricHQ fixture.
- Create own - create your own 'unofficial match.' Use this if your league is not using CricHQ to manage their fixtures.
- From a CricHQ fixture - select this if your league uses CricHQ. To use it, make sure you've been given administration access to your team on CricHQ. This will save time in setup as everything in the following steps will be pre-loaded and you can submit the result instantly to your league at the end of the match.
B) Choose match type, dates and ground
For this example we'll show you how to use Create own.
Select Create own to open the match setup screen. Your first step is to add the Match rules, dates and the ground.
Start by selecting your match type - by default there are 3 available; all the standard ICC rules for T20, 50 over and Two innings matches. Then select the date your match is to be played on and search for your ground (if it doesn’t exist yet just click the + button to create a new ground).
C) Select your teams and players
Now let's choose your teams. Click Select Home Team and search for your club. Then select your team and the players that will be participating in this match. If your club isn't listed in the search results, use the + button to create a new club, then add your teams and players for this match. Afterwards repeat these steps for the second team by clicking Select Away Team.
Great you have completed the minimum setup!
Now you have two options;
Save to score later or Finish and start scoring.
If you click Save you'll find this match under the Saved tab of scoring where you can continue the match setup or start the match.
For our example, let’s get started now and click the Finish and start scoring option.
2. Scoring a match
A) Select toss and opening players
Let’s start your innings.
Click the green start innings option and fill in the details on the next screen; including the toss details (who won and what they chose to do) along with the opening batsman, bowler, and keeper. Click done.
Top tip! If you are in a hurry you can use unsure players and replace them later, just click the ? player option
B) Scoring screen layout
The top of the screen shows the overall score and progress, while t
he middle shows you the current player’s information and provides quick actions to switch the facing batsman or replace the bowler for this over. T
he bottom of the screen is where the action is and gives you all the input options to score, along with a ball tracker so you know exactly where you are in the over.
C) Scoring basic events
To score a dot ball simply select the dot button. To score a 4 simply click the 4 button.
By default this will bring up a pitch map and wagon wheel so you can select where the ball was pitched and hit.
Top tip! If you would rather not enter this info, you can turn these off in the settings section.
We all make mistakes and with CricHQ these errors are a quick fix! Simply delete the last event by using the back button (red arrow pointing back) and input the correct score.
D) Scoring extras - like wides and no balls
For all extras (such as wides, no-balls and byes) click the Extras option.
This will take you to the extras screen where you can find every type of extra you might need.
E) Scoring wickets/dismissals
If a wicket falls, select the Wicket option and choose the type of wicket. If the wicket needs more information (such as fielders or extras runs earnt) you'll be taken to another screen to easily add this information.
F) Extra options and prompts
Handy prompts will also appear as you score to tell you an over is complete, a bowler has reached their maximum overs, or any other match limits in your match type.
You can find additional options for events; like retiring a batsman or adding a delay for weather, under the Actions menu.
Retiring a batsman can be done by clicking Retire batsman, then confirming or adding a type if needed.
G) Ending the match and uploading
You'll be prompted to 'end each innings' and to 'end the match' once a team has won; at which point you can confirm the result and upload the scorecard.
If you need to end the match for another reason, click Action and force the end of match. This will then take you to the finish match screen where you can abandon the match or enter other results.
3. Editing a match
A) Quick editing
Quick edits can be made via the main scoring screen.
You can click any ball that has been scored in the over to display Quick edit options. You'll get a description of the ball and by clicking Edit ball change the ball information, such as the value of the ball or switch the players that participated in the action.
B) Editing player for entire over or innings
What about if you've been scoring with the wrong bowler and you need to make an edit for the entire over?
Simply change the bowler for any ball and when you click confirm, select the for over option. The entire over will update to be bowled by the new player.
The same can be done for an entire innings if you had chosen an incorrect batsman.
C) Advanced editing screens
The Edit menu allows more in depth editing.
You can view each player's balls faced or bowled, every over from all innings and make the changes required to any point of the match.
Simply click a player to view each ball in their innings, then select a ball and make your changes from the Quick Edits options.
An important note with advanced editing of wickets: Wickets can be edited to update the type, value and participants. But they can not be created via the edit menu or deleted.
D) Editing match details and scoring options
Under Settings you can edit the details of the match.
Update the officials, re-order the batting team, or fix the toss details.
Scrolling to the bottom, you can also find options to turning on or off your 3D Pitch maps and wagon wheels, or enable live scoring so your fans can follow the match.
4. Viewing a match
So now you know how to score, let’s show you how to get the most from all that great detail you are capturing.
A) Viewing the scorecard
From the scoring screen, select the Scorecard option in the top right corner.
The first page will show you the scorecard output for each innings and all players. You can keep an eye on total runs for each player, what they got out on, or how many overs a bowler has completed.
B) Advanced statistics
Using the tabs, you can navigate to the match analysis to get a quick preview of high-level stats for each team.
Next are the Manhatten, Run worm and RPO graphs all generated as you score so you can keep track of progress.
See who is contributing the most to the game with the MVP tab. Players accumulate points throughout the match and are displayed alongside each other.
C) 3D wagon wheels and pitch maps
The last two tabs are the most valuable for players and coaches as they show 3D pitch maps and wagon wheels (when available) for every ball. You can view separate innings, filter to particular players and choose your view type of percentages, heatmap or totals.
D) Turn live on so fans can follow
When you're scoring live, all of these amazing stats and displays are available to your followers who are subscibed to Fan Pass, s
o make sure live scoring is turned on!
E) How the public can find the match
Your match can be found on any device via the CricHQ match centre.
If you were scoring through the Create own type option, your scorecard will be listed under unofficial. Just tell your fans to select unofficial in the search options and use the search bar to return to your match.
They can also tweet it out to their followers or share to facebook to get your community all onboard.
And that's it. Your beginners guide to scoring on CricHQ. So get down to your local match today, with a phone or a tablet, and start scoring. Any one can do it, and the more you score the easier it gets.
If you are really nervous why not watch a game on TV and copy it? That way you don't need to worry about making mistakes.
Until next time, happy scoring!