Martinstown Cricket Club

If you look up the leg glance in Luke Sellers “Know the game complete skills cricket” book you will see a picture of Ricky Ponting working the ball through midwicket for four in textbook style (a shot that I watched a lot on TV in my 20s as the Australian’s dominated Ashes Cricket).

Equally, if you look the following information about Martinstown’s scoreboard build project, you will see a textbook execution and an outcome that looks as elegant, stylish and devastatingly effective as Ponting’s leg glance.

Things that Martinstown CC did well:

  1. They didn’t rush the project; they waited until the off season to start the build
  2. They put together a committed team, who were able to put time in to the build and brought different skills
  3. They had a focus on quality, and doing things right.

Martinstown first stumbled across the buildyourownscorboard website in May 2016, but decided to wait to October to start their build in earnest.  A build team of Matthew R, Tony J and Jim G formed and began the build.  Jim and Tony focused on building the board, circuits and wiring.  Matthew set up the Arduino and the Raspberry.  Like Ian B and myself, the Martinstown build team had no prior electronics experience, and yet were able to build the most fantastic board!  If you have their patients and methodical approach, you too can build an amazing electronic board.

As you can see Martinstown chose a modular design for their digits layouts, taking inspiration from the Stalybridge St Paul and Potton Town builds.  I love the neat layout and use of connector blocks, which makes re-wiring and troubleshooting easier that the jelly crimp that we used on our build.   That said, the one problem the Martinstown did have was with a loose connection that took a few hours to find and caused their first set of numbers to show 888!  This was solved by calling in Paul H (head groundsman and ex BT field engineer) who found the bad connection and fixed it after about 5 minutes.

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Martinstown mounted all of their electronics to a single board, which again is a module on the bigger board.  You will see that all of the cables are neatly labelled and colour coded which makes debugging very very easy.   You will also notice that they are using an IP67 power supply designed for LEDs. Despite problems for Stuart at Staylbridge, Tony has found a water proof power supply that works for their board perfectly.  You can see the exact version on ebay here, if you want a similar device.

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Here you can see the front of the board, which has 4 coats of black paint on it.  It looks amazing.  Martinstown also built a cover which is put over the front of the board when it isn’t in use, which also doubles as an analogue scoreboard in the event of problems.

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Here you can see the finished article from the back.  Again, I am blown away by the time taken to make the build neat and tidy.  Well played!

Finally, here you can see the finished board.  The lamps look pretty powerful to me, and the lenses make the score very well defined.  All in all Tony says that Martinstown spent 1 morning a week for around ten weeks to build their board.  All in all, they spent around £800 building their board, but this included all of the timber (including the cover) and a ball proof cover (like the one used on the Stalybridge build).

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Well done to the team at Martinstown, a magnificent build.  Now, if you could work on finding a world class number three batsman who can play the leg glance as well as Ricky Ponting, then I am sure England would be very grateful.