Cricket: Local league stalwart Steve Ward knows the score

Steve Ward
Steve Ward

When it comes to Doncaster Town Cricket Club, Steve Ward always knows the score.

Steve has been the Yorkshire League club’s scorer for nearly 16 years during which time he has missed just three games.

“I started scoring in 1970, when I was 11, for Askern Welfare 2nd team,” said the 55- year-old, who was persuaded to move to Town Field in 1988 by legendary secretary Maurice Young.

“I have scored around 500 games at many fabulous grounds in Yorkshire and beyond and I’ve enjoyed every one.

“Many games stand out, from scoring for the Doncaster League X1 captained by my old maths teacher, Geof Rennison, at Hull, to scoring for Town at Lord’s in the ECB National Cup Final in 1998.

“The Lord’s experience tops the lot. The nerves were jangling that day!

“My favourite ground and place to score though has to be Scarborough.

“The view of the game from a scorers’ perspective is superb.”

He added: “Scoring has evolved from using a pen and pencil to now using a computer, which is much easier.

“However, it is still so important for scorers to have experience of using a pen before they try to use technology.

“They still need neat hand-writing as well as patience, good concentration and observational skills.

“Clubs are playing more T20 games today, which is quick paced, and scorers need to react to whatever is happening on the field.”

Steve is now putting his vast experience to good use.

“I have been a scorer tutor for a couple of years now, via the ECB ACO (Association of Cricket Umpires) and teach from the very basic level to Level 2, and also computerised scoring,” he said.

“I will also be teaching the infamous Duckworth/Lewis system during the winter months on accredited courses.

“I have been the ECB ACO Scorers Officer for the North of England since November, and my role is to ensure that the role of club scorer is recognized by the game, and to ensure that scorers are educated to a level that they feel comfortable with.

“I also appoint scorers to ECB games in the North and Midlands, and much prefer to give the games to younger people who want to progress in the game, such as Bawtry’s Philip Clubley, who is very good and who has ambitions to be a scorer.”

It’s not just as a scorer and tutor that Steve has served the sport well over the years.

He is currently secretary of the Doncaster and District 20/20 Evening League and chairman of the Solly Sports ECB Yorkshire Premier League.

He is a former Pontefract League secretary.