Cricket scoreboards, much like the clubhouse, are at the very heart of any club – and whether your ground has a basic wooden cricket score board; a grand Victorian pavilion or a sleek, modern electronic model one thing is for sure – all eyes will be on it throughout the match.
Traditional cricket scoreboards are somewhat labour-intensive; requiring manual adjustment of the scores often through mechanical or flip-over wooden cricket scoreboard numbers. For this reason, increasing numbers of clubs playing at all levels are investing in modern electronic cricket scoreboards which allow the scorer to automatically update the scoreboard via a console; eliminating the need for assistants climbing ladders to flip over number whenever either side scores.
As a cricket ground specialist, total-play identified this and many other benefits for clubs looking to switch to electronic cricket scoreboards – including enhanced spectator enjoyment due to quicker updates and greater visibility of digits even from an angle of up to 120 degrees, alongside the opportunity to increase revenue through sponsorship of the board. With this in mind it developed a range of cricket electronic scoreboards which are hand-built in the UK bespoke to client order; available via its online store thecricketgroundshop. The range offers options to suit all club sizes and budgets; meaning that from grass roots to first class clubs can work with total-play to design an electronic scoreboard to meet their individual needs.
With options starting at just over £1,500+vat for an entry level CGS Electronic Scoreboard. With portrait and landscape versions available at different sizes the board is designed to be either fixed permanently fixed between posts, mounted on a fascia/wall or temporarily hung or trolley mounted (optional extra) for secure storage after game time. Coming complete with wired controller and a wireless upgrade available, these electronic cricket scoreboards offer intuitive control and highly visible digits, legible from 120 degrees. Clubs can opt to incorporate mixed digit sizes for improved layout and readability. Either mains or battery powered, they are constructed using a 6mm Makrolon non-reflective polycarbonate with Umpire’s indicator lamp as standard.
Supplied with everything clubs need to get up and running – including power pack, battery, cables and wired controller there are no ‘hidden costs’ – all CGS Electronic Scoreboard comes with a dedicated UK after-sales technical helpline and 12-month parts and labour warranty. Alongside the main unit, clubs may opt to purchase External or Internal Repeater CGS Electronic Scoreboards – perfect for placing in the bar or areas of the ground where spectators may find it difficult to view the main scoreboard, further enhancing spectator experience.
High quality fabricated steel trolleys are also available to purchase – transforming the Standard CGS Electronic Scoreboard into a portable cricket scoreboard when used with battery – meaning that the scoreboard can be moved around the ground depending upon where the action is happening. The trolleys also help to keep the cricket scoreboard secure when out of use in storage.
For clubs with existing cricket score board frameworks – be it a brick-built or wooden shed structure, total-play can also offer a solution via thecricketgroundshop. Through consultation with the client, total-play’s cricket ground experts will help design and deliver an electronic cricket board solution to meet their needs; producing all-in-one framed solutions, replacing scorebox fascia or upgrading old tins for new LEDs like-for-like, if required.
Clubs looking for the ultimate in ease of use and flexibility can also upgrade to the wireless electronic scoreboard controller. Housed within a sleek yet sturdy flight case it allows those keeping score to update the board from anywhere within the ground – meaning they’re no longer tied to sitting in the scorers’ box on a glorious summer’s afternoon!
Total-play’s combined expertise in cricket ground equipment combined with robust construction, generous warranties and flexible approach mean that increasing numbers of clubs are choosing them when it comes to investing in a new electronic cricket board. Among these is Frimley CC, which was looking for some very specific features in its new electronic score board in its status as the home of the Surrey Visually Impaired County Cricket Squad. Working with the client, total-play designed and delivered a scoreboard that offered a mix of digit sizes in the display, a bespoke trolley to fit in the storage pound and the ability to operate from a leisure battery. In addition to carrying sufficient charge to power the scoreboard for around 4 games from a single charge, the club also incorporated a 60w solar panel; allowing it to recharge the battery not just during games but whilst sitting in storage.
Elsewhere, the team has helped clubs to upgrade existing traditional scoreboard fitted into structures and even clubhouse walls ensuring that while the ground reaps all the benefits of using an electronic scoreboard the look and feel of the ground is not compromised.