Cricket World Cup preparations: scorecards that go up to 500 printed

Nick Hoult
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Scorecards to go on sale at the World Cup have been reprinted in anticipation of the first 500 total to be scored in one day cricket.

England are just one of a number of teams with explosive batting line ups and combined with flat pitches it it would not be a surprise if a side at the World Cup became the first to score 500 in a 50 over match.

The current record is 481 for six by England against Australia at Trent Bridge last year. England chased 358 against Pakistan at Bristol on Tuesday with ease, wining by six wickets to underline how the modern 50 over game is dominated by powerful batting. If the weather stays sunny and the pitches flat, combined with white balls that do not swing, then new batting records will be set in the World Cup.

Scorecards bought by fans at games have a tally of runs that can be ticked off and for the World Cup were originally designed to go up to 400. But at an operations meeting last week Steve Elworthy, the tournament director, realised they would have to be be redesigned with a tally of up to 500.

“Cricket is constantly evolving,” said Tom Harrison, the ECB chief executive at the launch of the Hundred competition on Wednesday. “A great example of this was last night. It (England beating Pakistan) was the fifth highest successful run chase ever. We have had to change the scale of the scorecards for the World Cup so we go up to 500. We had to reprint the whole things because we think this is the tournament where the 500 run barrier will be breached for the first time in 50 over cricket.”