The word inspirational is over used. However, in this case I think it is more than appropriate to describe Pontinia Cricket Club in Italy. Pontinia CC were formed in 2015, with the aim of supporting social integration of the Punjab Indian community in Pontinia (about 1hr 20 minutes south of Rome).
Pontinia had a very successful 2016, with their website listing achievements such as winning 3 trophies and 1 CONI award, having 3 different religions playing in the same team and achieving more than 500 followers on Facebook (please do all go and visit their site and make friends with them too!). I also know that one of their players was selected for the national team to play against Canada.
Now you would have thought that setting up a new club, launching a junior section, coaching in secondary schools, and playing in the Italian national league (including comfortably beating Lazio in an away fixture – in your face Gazza), would be enough for a newly formed club in 2016. However, they also decided to build a electronic scoreboard, and as if that wasn’t difficult enough they also did it with one metaphorical arm tied behind their back by trying to follow the instructions on this website (and the various emails we exchanged) in another language!
Sergio and the team at Pontinia started work on their board in June 2016, and having quickly overcome a problem with a fake ‘compatible’ Arduino board that did not work with the web interface correctly, they have made steady progress with building their board, and have been a constant source of helpful feedback and contributions to this project and the instructions published on this website.
Having set up the Raspberry and provided feedback on some things that were not clear in the setup instructions, the team set about building the first few Circuits. Based on their work and experimentation Sergio and the team came up with in an improved circuit design, which overcomes some of the grounding issues that some clubs have been having. They provided an updated circuit diagram, which I have published to the site. It is amazing when clubs provide feedback, suggestions and improvements. It is only with the help of clubs like Pontinia and Bradford upon Avon that this project has thrived and evolved to benefit everyone following the instructions on this website.
You will note how the capacitor has now moved and is now between G and SRCLR, which makes sense if you read and understand the shifter data sheet (I didn’t every understand it properly). You will also see that the -5v cable has been removed from the circuit design. The circuits now work flawlessly (they worked before but could be erratic) and are less susceptible to grounding problems.
The club have had an amazing aluminium frame fabricated, and unlike the UK they managed to find a sunny day to take a picture of it for us!
As you can see the club have built lamp modules, which are amazingly neat and professional.
I am still waiting for a photo of the finished article, but based on the work so far I think this is my favourite build, from my new favourite club (apart from Westbury on Severn of course).
When Sergio sent in the latest set of photos for the board, he included an intriguing picture of an amazing electronic clock which will accompany their board.
Sergio and the team say that “It’s nothing very complicated!” (i would say it is amazing!!!) and have provided the following description, pictures and circuit diagrams. The electronic circuit is made of digital counters and six digit display’s. The clock uses a frequency of 1 hz obtained from a quartz oscillator and two frequency dividers.
Instead of using shifters, Sergio drive the LED modules with ULN2003 modules, and HC-06 modules connected to a ARDUINO. 5 relay’s contacts (normally open) are in parallel with the setting buttons STOP -START- MINUTES – HOURS – GENERAL RESET.
In addition the time can be set on the Arduino using a Bluetooth remote control.
The circuit diagram above is implemented as so
The container is in MDF painted black to which Sergio applied a carrying handle, rubber feet and hooks to hang it on the wall.
It is absolutely amazing. Good luck for 2017 Sergio and team, I am sure it will be another fantastic year of developing cricket in Italy. Look what you have achieved in two years! Congratulations from your friends in the UK!