Scorer Courses

Find and book your place on scoring courses, and join the ECB Association of Cricket Officials (ACO).


We see officiating as one of the key areas of focus moving forward. We know that officiating numbers are on the decrease, this is a national trend. With this in mind, we are offering all courses completely free of charge in Gloucestershire.

The conditions to this are:

  • Candidate sign up for course/s and pay the fee
  • On completion, the GCB will issue a refund for the full amount to the candidate/ club if they are paying for it
  • This is only available for people involved within Gloucestershire primary affiliated cricket clubs/ leagues

When you complete the online signup forms, please ensure you enter the correct cricket club you are involved in, there will be a drop down that asks you for ‘Play Cricket Club name’.

Course: An introduction to scoring


This is an ideal course for complete beginners or as a refresher for anyone returning to scoring.

The aim of this course is to identify and practise the basic skills with which to record a cricket match. It doesn’t cover everything, but it will give you the tools to get started, including Scoring record (scoresheet); Umpire’s signals; Scoring symbols; Recording wickets and extras.

All scoresheets and handouts will be provided but please bring your pens/pencils to score with.


Course: Basics of scoring

This course is designed to provide you with all the skills needed to start scoring.

The course covers the basics of scoring a game of cricket such as, scoring symbols, umpire signals, dismissals and gives a helpful overview of the Laws of the Game. For ages 13 and over.

Course: Club Scorer

Club Scorer teaches you how to score using the ‘traditional’ Box-style method on a paper scoresheet and covers the main Laws of Cricket that relate to scoring. It is the first step on the ECBACO (England and Wales Cricket Board Association of Cricket Officials) scoring pathway for those interested in progressing but is also suitable for scorers in any cricket match, including complete beginners with no previous scoring experience.

Attendees should expect to partake in classroom discussion and practical scoring exercises. This is a two-day course, with scorers attending both days being awarded an ECBACO Club Scorer certificate of attendance.

On day 1, scorers will be given a training pack with handouts, scoresheets etc. but will need to bring their own pens/pencils to score with. Optional membership of ECBACO will be offered when booking the course with the first year free for Club Scorer course attendees

Saturdays 28th January and 4th February 2023- 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Hatherley & Reddings CC, North Park, Shurdington Road, Cheltenham. GL51 4XA Cost £30. General refreshments will be provided but please bring your own packed lunch.

Duckworth Lewis Stern (DLS)

What is Duckworth Lewis Stern (DLS) and why is it used?

DLS is a popular method of calculating a new target score in an interrupted limited over cricket match. This workshop covers the different forms of DLS (Professional and Standard) and the various options available for performing DLS calculations and is suitable for anyone involved in these calculations, not just scorers.

Attendees should expect to participate in exercises in both manual and software-based calculations, some of which require specific equipment. If you are able, please bring the following equipment to ensure full practice participation:

  • DLS Standard – calculator to assist with manual exercises.
  • DLS Professional (ICC software) – personal laptop. DLS software will be provided on the day, which requires the latest version of Java Runtime Environment pre-installed. Please download and install this free of charge from the Java website before attending (
  • DLS while scoring with PCS Pro – Windows® based laptop with Play-Cricket Scorer Professional pre-installed. To download this software free of charge, please visit

Please note only DLS within PCS Pro will be demonstrated on this course.

  • DLS calculator in the PCS app – tablet/smartphone with the Play Cricket Scorer app preinstalled. PCS is available free of charge on iOS and Android via your usual app store.

Anyone not able to bring the equipment listed above can still attend but observe rather than participate in the practical exercises.

Saturday 18th February 2023 – 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Gloucestershire CCC, Seat Unique Stadium, Nevil Road, Bristol. BS7 9EJ Cost £20 – open to everyone (ECBACO members and non-members) If also attending the morning (linear scoring) workshop, please bring your own packed lunch.

Linear Scoring

Linear scoring is done on paper using a different layout to the traditional Box-style scoresheet and is a useful backup when scoring electronically. Attendees should be familiar with how to score using a traditional scoresheet or electronic scoring package, as this workshop does not include any Laws of Cricket but takes existing scoring skills and transfers them to a linear scoring method.

Attendees should expect to linear score from a match video, using their own pens/pencils. Linear scoresheets will be provided on the day, but personal linear scoresheets can be used if preferred.

Saturday 18th February 2023 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Gloucestershire CCC, Seat Unique Stadium, Nevil Road, Bristol. BS7 9EJ Cost £20 open to everyone (ECBACO members and non-members) If also attending the afternoon (DLS) workshop, please bring your own packed lunch.


This workshop covers the use of Play Cricket Scorer Pro (PCS Pro®), which is scoring software that operates on Microsoft Windows ® based computers and is used by many league scorers with direct links to the Play-Cricket league management system, as well as all the First-Class County scorers.

This one-day workshop takes you through setting up and scoring a match, configuring your scoring preferences, outputting scorecards and other statistical information, as well as offering some handy hints on how to correct things when the inevitable mistakes occur. This course does not cover the MCC Laws of Cricket, but relates your existing scoring knowledge to the use of PCS Pro.

Attendees should expect to follow the tutor’s PCS Pro demonstration on their own laptops. Please bring your own laptop with the PCS Pro software pre-installed. To download this software free of charge, please visit .

Sunday 19th February 2023 – 10:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Gloucestershire CCC, Seat Unique Stadium, Nevil Road, Bristol. BS7 9EJ Cost £30 – open to everyone (ECBACO members and non-members) General refreshments will be provided but please bring your own packed lunch.


This one-day course is for Level 1 ECBACO scorers who want to add to their current scoring skills. It focuses on planning and preparation for scoring away from your regular club, with unfamiliar players and covers the Laws of Cricket relating to scoring that were not dealt with at Club Scorer.

Attendees should expect to do a small amount of pre-course work and participate in group activities and discussions.

Sunday 26th February 2023- 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Frenchay Cricket Club, Bob Stone Ground, Common Mead Lane, Hambrook, Bristol. BS16 1QQ Cost £30  – open to L1 scorers with current ECBACO members only General refreshments will be provided but please bring your own packed lunch.

Want to Score?

If you are a scorer or willing volunteer who is available and keen to get involved in scoring throughout the county or at your local club then please contact Sue Drinkwater, GACO Scoring Officer.

Gloucestershire is always on the lookout for new scorers and we would be delighted to welcome new members.

Gareth Dawson / Workforce Development Officer

Gareth joined the GCB in 2016 and progressed into his current role as Workforce Development Officer in 2021. His main roles are being the main point of contact for the ECB on all Coach Development matters and grow the number of active coaches across the County of Gloucestershire.

Additionally, he will support the Gloucestershire Association of Cricket Officials (GACO) in developing an Officials Strategy that aims to grow the number of officials across the game. Increase the number of courses that are available to potential officials and work with GACO to transition volunteers from ‘course takers’ to ‘standing officials’.

Support the Gloucestershire Grounds Association in developing a programme of activity that supports ground staff across each year. Coordinate and manage both national and local Reward and Recognition events for all groups of volunteers. On top of practical delivery in schools, he will work with teachers to enhance their cricket delivery and work with universities/colleges to provide opportunities for students to gain qualifications and coaching experience.

Gareth is a Liverpool FC fan, a big follower of cricket around the world and plays his cricket at Hatherley & Reddings.

Gareth Dawson / Workforce Development Officer