Bill Frindall died yesterday. Known universally by cricket afficionados as The Bearded Wonder, Frindall kept the score in countless international cricket matches for the BBC and others for the last 40 years. From a distance it’s difficult to imagine anything as prosaic and arcane as cricket scoring.
In the US only the hardest core baseball fan could really appreciate the complexity, subtlety and eventual illumination the current game and of that game in a historical context that comes from a ream of scorer’s sheets. In that sense a scorebook is like sheet music or algebra. It has a perfection in its form and universality in its language.
The good news is that ‘the better place’ now will have a perfect record keeping system and that Bearders may finally meet Dr Grace, renew his acquaintance with the Don and have even better input to his all time Word XI.