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PV/Match is the perfect way to score and broadcast your team’s cricket matches. Read more below.

Plus we talk about scouting players for your cricket team, winning games and making the most of your scorer.

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

PitchVision Announce PV/Match

A brand new Scoring, Scouting and Live Streaming Software and App.

We are tremendously proud to announce the development of our new live “Match Scoring” software, “PV/Match” which will be available this year.

In fact we are actually announcing 3 systems in 1 – as PV/Match is not just for match scoring, but is for Scouting. training Video-Analysis, and for Live Streaming of matches with extensive social media sharing features. It is software for Matches on the weekend, and for Training during the week.

Like many in the cricket community we have seen electronic and app based scoring here and there at local matches. Its been a great compliment to the match day experience, especially when it involves sharing videos, and tweets out to other club members and family who can’t attend the game in person but are able to keep track of the game online. In reality, it’s a little bit like broadcasting – and you can see first-hand the enjoyment it brings to a team’s community when they are able to monitor your clubmates or family members during games.

Even better, many of these apps automatically copy the scores to platforms like ECB’s ‘PlayCricket” online hub/website, meaning the days of having to go through an elaborate process of copying scores from scoresheets after the match – or having to go through a bunch of hoops to get the data there is a thing of the pass. Seamless-ness, low fuss, and being integrated with the governing body seems the way to go.

Why have we decided to make a Scoring and Match Streaming system?

We believe we can offer Clubs and Schools a very cost effective, no-fuss solution that takes things a big step beyond just putting a score on-line. In this utterly digital age, the time has come now where most clubs are very open and interested using the power of social media and really interested in find a good electronic scoring solution that’s tailored to the practicalities of a club or school environment. It will also probably make your team Scorer the most popular person in your organisation.

Some background:

Historically PitchVision has been very strong in the area of coaching software, motion tracking, video analysis and athlete management. Oh, yes, we are very scientific at PitchVision. We gather exhaustive training data of a player’s pitchmaps, beehives, wagon wheels, pace, deviation… and synch all of this to an our inbuilt HD video system. Our PV/ONE motion tracking system and its matching PitchVision-Coach Edition software is an extremely popular coaching tool at all levels of the game check out our customers.

We also have free services that store all of your data and video online -and gives organisations like yours an extremely useful online library that connects players, coaches and officials via a central player management system. We’re proud to say that we work closely with our partners, the ECB and with all 18 counties in the UK, and with Cricket South Africa and all 16 provinces in South Africa – who utilise our platform nationally, as do hundreds of other academies, schools and associations we support world-wide.

We call this the PV ‘eco system’ – and you can read more about that here…

But the point is, there was just one thing missing – and that was Match data and video. We know that a lot of clubs are looking for a scoring system that makes communication easy, is low cost, and seamlessly integrates with everything else that they do (like PlayCricket, social-media, etc).

10 years on from pioneering the world’s first portable cricket motion tracking system, we are now bringing all our experience, science and love of coaches and recreational cricket to bear on scoring and match broadcasting. If PV/ONE was our MacBook, PV/Match is our iPhone!

By adding match scoring, we not only apply all our video and information management and social media solutions to the match day experience, we ‘close the circle’ in terms of having a full 360 view of a players cricketing life – from training, to formal assessments, biomechanical monitoring, workload management, documentation and drill, performance data- and now finally – their matches in glorious blue-ray quality video from 3 angles, seamlessly synched to their personal accounts, seamlessly shared to your club community and stakeholders as suits your needs.

There’s so much more to say and so much more we have to announce about this – please keep an eye out for further news over the coming weeks as we release a series of information packs about PV/Match. Until then here’s some basic facts to whet your appetite;

Name: PV/Match:
Scoring Software: 1 innings, 2 innings matches, multiple game formats supported.
Run on touchscreen tablet or laptop (which come provided)
Social Media:  1-press sharing to Twitter and Facebook. 
Online interactive scorecard with scores and videos updated every 30 seconds.  
Cameras:  1, 2 or 3 of our beautiful PV Cams running 30 up to 90frames per second in HD+ quality.   Rugged and shower proof, suitable for matches or nets, interviews and other highlights.
Is it easy to use? Yes.  Both software and hardware are small, easy to set up and run.  You do not need any technical knowledge.
Is it just for matches?  No.  This is versatile PV equipment. Use it on Saturday to broadcast the match, use it on Monday for video analysis of the colts training 
It is not a one-trick pony
Does it need mains power? The system runs on our own plug-and-play hub which has 9 hours battery life.
Live Video Streaming:

Yes, if you choose to.  All video includes ‘TV style’ score and sponsor 

Available on Windows, iOS and Android platforms. From £950. No ongoing licence fees. Unlimited data storage.

Available for Order From October 1, 2017

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Make the Scorebox Your Powerhouse of Cricket Performance

With well sharpened pencils and unflinching concentration, the scorer is a cornerstone of cricket. What would we do without them?

Yet these days, a cricket team bent on success needs more than a tidy book.


Top club sides are looking increasingly professional: They have a coach who put them through sessions a couple of times a week. They have agreements with local gyms to handle cricket-specific strength and conditioning programmes. Pre-season training includes weeks of nets and several warm up matches.

Alongside this is the growing trend for analysis to aid with coaching and developing players. The old fashioned scorebook is no longer enough. We now not only want to know what happened, but how it happened.

Was that fifty a technical masterpiece against great bowling are a dirty across the line hacking display?

Did the spinner bowl well but all those drops prevented a five-fer?

How good was the keeper?

It's possible to record all this and much more so you have a total picture and a way to work on things at the training ground.

Record the match

Naturally, you still need to score the game, so add a task for someone to video the game alongside each ball. If your team has a coach, they are ideally placed to do it. But the scorer can also take charge.

Cameras are easy to obtain these days and there are even apps that tie each delivery video so you can easily check back.

The benefits of this simple change are huge.

Let me give you some examples:

  • Strike rotation: The scorecard shows you lot of runs in boundaries but also face a lot of dots. This is especially true in the first 20 overs. You set a target of more singles in the first 120 balls.
  • Control: Watch back the video to find out how many times those dots were good solid defence compared to playing and missing. For players who play and miss a lot, get into the nets to work on the type of bowling and shots that cause issues.
  • Shot average: Batsmen know their averages, but do they know their shot averages? How many runs per wicket do you get with a drive compared to a cut or pull? Can you work on weaker shots or build stronger shots into super-strengths?
  • Bowling technique: Does bowling technique change during a spell as the bowler gets tired? If so, does accuracy decline with it? You can find out by watching the video back then helping the bowling improve their fitness levels to reduce the chance of technical breakdown.

Imagine how much more effective you can be with this kind of focused analysis.

A few years ago this would have been impossible. Today it's affordable and simple. However, with clubs and schools still catching on to the power of match analysis, now is the time to get the edge your team needs to iron out problems and improve strengths to make your championship run a realistic aim.

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Improving on Perfection

How can you improve on perfection?

The ICC Women’s World Cup Final was a perfect and fitting end to an exceptional tournament.

England and India were the best two sides in the tournament and it was an absolute honour and privilege to be at Lords on Sunday to witness such a fitting end to a fantastic month of cricket

However, one area of the game that can shift significantly is batting against spin. Back foot play against spin in particular.

Harmanpreet Kaur displayed an ideal front foot game in her Player of the Day Semi Final performance against Australia.

Harmanpreet swept, slog swept and used her feet to hit over the top fantastically.

As soon as the ball was up, it was off!

But when the ball is bowled into the pitch or a bowler drops slightly short, the Women’s game has to learn to adapt if it is to continue to drive batting standards forward.

The universal way to play a shorter ball from a spinner in Women’s Cricket based on this World Cup is to step back towards leg stump and cut or back foot drive the ball.

On Sunday, there were 42 separate examples of this in the exceptional final.

From these 42 deliveries, the batters accrued 12 runs. 12 Runs!!!

Heather Knight and Deepti Sharma made some good stops from extra cover yet the back foot drive/cut shot against spin only yielded 12 Runs from 9 scoring deliveries across 42 attempts in Sunday’s final.

The Stats:

  • Scoring Ball%: 21.4%
  • Runs per Scoring Shot: 1.33
  • Strike Rate: 28.6

These statistics are almost identical in the younger age group cricket (U14 to U15) cricket that I have worked in over the past 2 years at school.

The Millfield U15 side this year created similar stats at the start of the year: Too many instances where there were back foot drives and cuts to fielders with insufficient pace on the ball or in the pitch.

So, What’s the answer?

Develop adaptable footwork.

In simplistic terms, the best batters are those with the most amount of effective options to any given ball. If you train only one footwork pattern then you will have limited options available to that short of a length and short ball.

Encourage your players to develop both the step back into Leg stump and step back into Off stump to create different angles and scoring options.

On the evidence of this World Cup, the batters have one option and one option only.

Constraint practice is great for this.

Throw 12 spin balls at a batter with the intention to only be able to hit legside and then another 12 balls with an off side scoring intention.

Most players work this out and start adopting different movement patterns without any direct instruction.

Then, follow up with a discussion to galvanise the learning from the drill and repeat the drill over and over again until both options are mastered.

Pull Hard! Pull First!

To step away from the Women’s game for a second, the best puller of a spinning ball I saw in the Men’s International game was Mike Hussey.

“Mr Cricket” would take a huge step back into Off stump, flex his legs to get his eyes as close to the height of the ball as possible and flat bat the ball to the left hand side of the mid wicket fielder (Mike was a left handed batter).


I would show all the Women’s World Cup squads this incredibly simple option. With lots of practice, any batter can become as good as Mike and begin to play this hard hit shot option to balls that only miss length by a fraction.

I can envisage the next ICC World Cup being harder for spinners already!

Combining these two footwork patterns and a “Mr Cricket” pull shot would make life very difficult for the spin bowlers and their captains to keep the batters under the cosh.

You can’t defend both square boundaries on both sides of the wicket and with so much spin bowled in Women’s cricket within power play overs, the captain does not always have a full quota of boundary riders at their disposal anyway.

These simple processes, basic drills and lots of practice would have significant impact upon those World Cup Final Stats.


The Millfield spin stats (back of a length to short) in the last 5 matches of our season read like this:

  • 35 balls
  • 41 Runs
  • Scoring Ball%: 60%
  • Runs per Scoring Shot: 1.86
  • Strike Rate: 117.1

This transformation came from practicing our footwork patterning in every session (twice a week) for 6 weeks.

That’s got to be a good investment of time, hasn’t it?

So, Womens International Cricket can improve on perfection.

Roll on New Zealand in 2021 and good luck to the spinners!

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Welcome to this week's guide to playing and coaching better cricket.

I'm David Hinchliffe and I'm Director of the PitchVision Academy team. With this newsletter you are benefitting directly from over 25 Academy coaches. Our skills include international runs and wickets, first-class coaching, cutting-edge research and real-life playing experience.


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