Many people don't realise that, under the Laws, it is the umpires who have to be satisfied with the correctness of the number of runs scored, the wickets that fell and, in some matches, the number of overs bowled.

Umpires work very closely with their scorer colleagues and should wait for the scorers to acknowledge their signals, as well as checking the accuracy of the scoring record with the scorers at every major interval. When the match ends the umpires should then agree the correctness of the runs, wicket and, if relevant, number of overs with the scorers. Once this has been done the result cannot be changed subsequently. Umpires and scorers thus form an officials' team of four for the match.