Scorer Courses

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


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

Sundays 18th and 25th February 2024 – 9.30am to 4.30pm

Gloucestershire CCC, Seat Unique Stadium, Nevil Road, Bristol, BS7 9EJ 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 2nd March 2024 – 1.30pm to 4.30pm

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 2nd March 2024 – 9.30am to 12.30pm

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 3rd March 2024 – 9.30am to 4.30pm

Hatherley & Reddings CC, North Park, Shurdington Road, Cheltenham, GL51 4XA Cost £30 – open to everyone (ECBACO members and non-members) General refreshments will be provided but please bring your own packed lunch.






This scoring workshop is ideal for newcomers to scoring and is also useful as a refresher for anyone returning to scoring and is split into two sections.

The morning session focusses on basic scoring skills using a traditional paper scoresheet, covering the Scoresheet; Umpire’s signals; Scoring symbols; Wickets and Extras. This provides a basic understanding of scoring that can then be transferred to other scoring methods.

The afternoon session takes your newly learned scoring knowledge and applies it to scoring with the Play-Cricket Scorer (PCS) app available to download free-of-charge on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. PCS is great way for beginners to score, as it removes the need to balance a handwritten scoresheet and can update the Play-Cricket results management system, via an internet connection.

All paper scoresheets and handouts will be provided but please bring your own pens/pencils for the morning session and Play-Cricket Scorer already downloaded on your own smartphone/tablet. General refreshments will be provided but please bring your own packed lunch.

Cost of workshop £10 – payable online when booking.

Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation (GCF) will refund the booking fee for anyone attending from a GCF affiliated cricket club. Please select your cricket club from the drop-down list when booking.


Saturday 24h February 2024– 10 am to 4:30 pm
Frenchay Cricket Club, Bob Stone Ground, Common Mead Lane, Hambrook, Bristol. BS16 1QQ.


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