February 11, 2008

Live Mobile Cricket Scores

There are several ways to stay in touch with cricket if you are on the move and have a mobile handy. I'll list the services I've used mostly (and they work pretty well).

This is a non-interactive SMS service. SMS the keyword "cri" to 58243 and you will receive an SMS with scores from all international matches being currently played.

The SMS cricket service itself is free although you will incur regular SMS charges from your operator.

This service doesn't work in the US.

If you are stateside and want to check scores on yahoo, you should hit their UK sports sites for cricket scores on: http://eurosport.yahoo.com/cr/sc/. This is not optimized for a mobile screen but if you can scroll past the headers, you get a pretty good snapshot of all recent international matches. (Note: you'll need an operator data plan for this).

Cricket Companion
To download this application to your phone, point your mobile browser to http://www.getjar.com. Then click on the "Quick Download" link. Enter 22776 in the code and click Next. You'll be directed to a link to download the application to the Mobile.

Cricket Companion is a Java application. For a full list of phones that are supported, check this site - basically any phone with Java support. (Note: you'll need an operator data plan for this).

Cricinfo provides a free wap site for scores at: http://wap.cricinfo.com/. You can look at both live scores and previous results. (Note: you'll need an operator data plan for this).

This Plusmo application is my personal favorite. It allows you to look at scores and ball-by-ball commentary all from within an easy to use Java application. Download from http://ci.plusmo.com. (Note: you'll need an operator data plan for this).

Point your mobile browser to http://www.bbc.co.uk/sports. Then click on Cricket and then Latest scores or Results depending on what you want to check.
Scores link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/cricket/scorecards/default.stm
Results link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/cricket/results/default.stm
Not well optimized for mobile use but pretty decent.
(Note: you'll need an operator data plan for this).