Each League will require their Match Types/Templates to be set up BEFORE the season by a nominated Scorer to be decided by the League Administrator.
Creating and using Match Types is not difficult, but it is important to understand a few things:
1) As Match Types do not exist in Play-Cricket, the system picks one that closely matches the number of overs in the match. This is not necessarily the one required – just the first one that PCS Pro finds that matches the number of overs
2) Even though a list of Match Types has been created, they will not show in anybody else’s list until they have downloaded a fixture. Match Types only sync when you download a match under that league. Once this is done for the first time in the season, they will be in “Edit Database”. The simple act of choosing a match in that league will bring the match types down so they can be selected - even if “Cancel” is pressed on the match setup. The important part being – the Match Type will only be available to other scorers in that league once any fixture is downloaded for that league.
3) When an Match Type is set up and associated to a league, that Match Type will be available to users once they download a fixture from that league from P-C. That user can then change the Match Type for the first match they use then, once uploaded, it will be locked on their local database for editing.
WARNING: If another scorer who hasn’t used that Match Type before uses it but then edit’s it (because they haven’t used it before), it will be reflected across the database, and those who have already used it will not be able to change it.
If this does happen you would need to download a fixture to a local database which hasn’t used that particular Match Type and change it back.
Please Note: For example, scorers of the matches who had reduced overs in their matches need to simply change the remaining overs field, and NOT the Match Type.
We are currently reviewing this process.
How many Match Types do I need?
The easiest way to think about Match Types and your County/League reporting requirements, is to say that any variation to any field in the matrix below (including Description) will require a new Match Type
So, if the Birmingham League Division 1 play 50 overs per innings for the first half the season, and 45 overs per innings for the second half, then you need to set up 2 Match Types.
Also, it could be that both the 2nd XI and 3rd XI play 50 overs games, but you want to make it easy for the Scorer to identify the games they are scoring, so you would set up the match Types with the only difference being the Description, e.g.
BDPCL 1st XI 50
BDPCL 1st XI 45
BDPCL 2nd XI 50
All other attributes in the Match Type would be the same.
This also applies to Cup Competitions, etc., so the thing to always bear in mind is to make the Match Type description clear and easily understood by the Scorer. Therefore, a naming convention needs to be followed which we suggest follows the below rules:
• Start with the League name
• Enter the Team
• Enter the number of overs
For cup competitions, put the competition name instead of the league name.
If you are scoring a 2 innings a side match, then “2 Innings” should be included in the description
Play-Cricket will always provide a default Match Type based on the details that have been entered when the fixture was created. Only people with Main Admin/Fixtures permissions on Play-Cricket can set up fixtures, but as there isn’t a match type field within Play-Cricket, the one that appears on Scorer Pro may not be correct.
It is important that the Scorer can easily select the correct option from the Match Type list - hopefully without having to edit it to check the defaults. If you get your naming convention right, then this should not be an issue.
To change the Match Type, click on the down arrow and choose the correct one from the list. In the example below, a 50 over match has been selected but it should be 45
From the dropdown list choose
This will now be the correct Match Type for the fixture
These Match Types will be set to the specific league rules e.g. Div 1-3 45 overs Div 4-6 40 overs etc.
The Match Type option can also be used to set up specific matches for your local database (saved on your computer and no where else).
To do this first go to File>New Match.
Enter any club to allow editing:
Then select Add next to the Match Type drop down box.
This will then open up the Add Match Type box.
Enter the rules for the match type and Club/Organisation to attach it to:
Please Note: The Display Name will auto populate when the Description is entered. This can be changed manually. This is useful in the event of your description being too long.
Once you are happy with the details check the tick box next to Save on Server.
Warning: This is ONLY to be used when creating your league Match Types. If you are creating a Match Type for your own laptop DO NOT check the tick box as this will result in a copy being saved on the server, creating duplicate Match Types.