Play Cricket is the official scorecard for the women’s county cricket in this country; but there’s no way to sugar-coat this: it’s not fit for purpose.
Let’s try to look up the stats of England’s surprise Test squad selection, Middlesex’s Fran Wilson – something that quite a lot of journalists are probably trying to do right now.
A similar problem (now apparently corrected) occurred earlier this year with Tammy Beaumont, but at least there was a (sort-of) excuse that time: she was listed as “Tammy” and “Tamsin”.
The folks who developed Play Cricket would probably argue that this is “user error” (also known in the trade as a “BCK Exception” – standing for “Between Chair and Keyboard”) but good software doesn’t let users hang themselves like this – it should be checking for similar (or in the case of Fran identical) names when the scorecard is uploaded!
But these aren’t the only problems. Off the top of my head:
- There is no search facility. (Unless I’ve missed it… in which case this is still the developers’ fault!)
- The site is quite literally unusable on an iPhone because the menus are broken.
- The user experience on any tablet or mobile (or indeed any laptop or netbook with a screen-height of 768px or less – i.e. an awful lot of them) is terrible, with nested scroll-bars and a plethora of popups which make back-navigation impossible.
In short, Play Cricket needs to go for a walk.
A long walk.
A “Captain Oates” walk.
Because we’ve got a brand-new Super League coming next year for women’s cricket in England; and it needs an official scorecard that works.