ECB Cricket for iPhone review

For cricket fans summer 2009 is a particularly exciting time with the Ashes a major attraction for all. The battle between England and Australia is hotly contested and goes back to 1877. While Sky Sports and BBC Radio 5 live will have coverage, staying in touch while on the move used to involve holding a transistor radio to your ear.

Now ECB Cricket for iPhone and iPod touch offers a way for cricket fans to keep in touch over what is hopefully a long hot summer of scintillating action. Designed for the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) by the OTHER media, it is a lesson in how to do an app right. The latest international and domestic cricket scores, together with news, match-specific photos and ECBtv videos via YouTube are bundled together in a slick attractive interface.

We really liked the virtual score board which shows the current score in portrait mode and a smaller yet more detailed full scoreboard in landscape mode with batting score and bowling figures. The coverage is impressive from world cricket, England, Twenty20, domestic county cricket and women's cricket. County cricket is hardly back page news so ECB Cricket proves an excellent way of staying in touch at a local level.

The only niggles are that some scores seem to lag a little behind the live action while the video footage is more talking heads being interviewed than replays from the grounds. The makers are working on ideas raised by users on the ECB Cricket support site to tweak the app, including adding league tables, fixtures and competition details so you know what type of game is being played.

OUR VERDICT

ECB Cricket for iPhone is how all sporting apps should be, an essential addition for any cricket fan, that's both pleasing on the eye and functional with possibly all the scores and news you could ever need on the move. Better still it is free.

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