ABOUT NO PICTURES IN THE SCOREBOOK
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This is it. The moment I’ve been visualising all week. The opposition’s captain has brought the field up on the off-side and the first-change medium-pacer has served up a juicy half-volley that I’m going to lift effortlessly over the small cover boundary which I’ve been eyeing greedily. I swing and get the sinking feeling, like driving into the back of another car, that an inside-edge gives you.This is followed immediately after by a weird mix of embarrassment and elation as I watch the ball streak down through the vacant fine-leg for four. I’m dragged back to reality with the regular chime from the pavilion of “don’t worry mate, there’s no pictures in the scorebook.”
There is something comforting about hearing those common cricket sayings that have been ringing through my ears from the age of five and going to watch my Dad play most summer Saturday afternoons. But, there it goes again, that little voice in the back of my head that is my economics graduate/maths teacher self telling me that something isn’t right. “Why aren’t there any pictures? What else does the scorebook miss from the game? Can we get any extra insight from what we do record? How could we use this to improve performance?” I’ve been inspired by questions like these and reading books such as Moneyball and Soccermatics to give it a go for myself. ‘No Pictures in the Scorebook’ is my attempt to try to shed some light on these common cricket adages or expose some myths on the way the game is played and viewed, using statistical analysis.
I hope you enjoy the blog 🙂
Hey! My name is Rory Mathews and I am a huge cricket fan. Having done an economics degree and also becoming a fully qualified maths teacher, I also have an affinity with numbers and statistical thinking. No Pictures in the Scorebook is my way of combining these two passions.
I regularly play for my local village team in the Worcestershire Cricket League. Occasionally coming from a cricket mad family, my Dad and two brothers also play for the same team. I will often spend my spare time going to New Road to watch Worcestershire play, where luckily my younger brother is also one of the groundsmen so is able to get me in.
This winter I made my way out to Australia, as part of an around the world trip, to watch some of the ashes. The picture below was taken at the MCG for the Boxing Day Test.
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