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  Paul Josling - President, Coro Cougars Cricket Club, Griffith, NSW.  


Paul Josling Paul Josling was born and raised in Griffith, New South Wales, Australia. Griffith is an irrigation farming area, which predominantly grows rice, citrus, and more recently grapes for the wine industry. With a population of around 25,000 people, it is a very multicultural town, with a large number of Italian, Pacific Islander, and Indian residents.

After completing schooling in 1985, Paul moved to Sydney and attended the University of NSW, where he completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree. He lived in Sydney for a few years, then moved around NSW on various civil engineering projects, until he returned to Griffith in 1997. Currently, he is employed by a small quarrying company, doing primarily property development.

Paul has played cricket since the age of eight, predominantly as a fast bowler, usually batting at 7 or 8. By the age of 14, he had already played first grade cricket in Griffith, representing Griffith at adult level, when only 15. He also played in various regional representative teams. At the University of NSW Cricket Club, Geoff Lawson, who at the time was playing for both Australia and the UNSWCC, was his coach for a year or two. He reached second grade in the Sydney Grade competition, before a shoulder reconstruction and work commitments ended his serious cricket aspirations.

Paul is married with three children aged 11, 9 and 7 ( a boy and two girls ).

Since returning to Griffith, he continued to play cricket. Currently, he is with the Coro Cougars Cricket Club, where he has been president of the club for about six years. He is also on the Griffith District Cricket Association committee, responsible for the recording of statistics. It was here that he first became involved in Palmcricket.

About five years ago, a long standing local player asked Paul if he could provide him with his career statistics for the last twenty or so years. Paul replied that he would attempt to do so, provided he could find all of the old scorebooks under people’s houses, or in the garbage etc. Reflecting upon the impossibility of such a task, Paul decided to start recording the club's statistics, in case Griffith ever produced, say, a Don Bradman. Since then, he has been using Cricket Statz successfully to record all the club's statistics, a task which he has undertaken for the last five years. As can be imagined, this was a time-consuming and arduous process, with the same information being handled no less than four times each week:
  • Each team scored their match in a scorebook.
  • The team manager then filled in a scoresheet for the local newspaper.
  • The newspaper then typed this information into their publishing software.
  • Paul then collected the sheets and entered them into Cricket Statz.
After a few weeks of this self-inflicted torture, Paul was convinced there had to be an easier way. So he researched the internet for electronic scoring. Laptop-based programs were no good. Few of the grounds had electric power, and notebook batteries wouldn’t last a full game. Enter Palmcricket. It looked perfect: Palm Pilots were relatively cheap, their batteries lasted long enough, and they were simple to use. The only problem was compatibility with Cricket Statz.

Upon being approached by Paul, Multi-Media Publications agreed to develop an export module for Cricket Statz. This was done remotely in South Africa, requiring many emails and several test runs of the P-Viewer program. However, it wasn't too long before P-Viewer was exporting Palmcricket score-sheets in the correct format for uploading to Cricket Statz. After a trial season during 2005/2006, Griffith Cricket now has seventeen Palm Pilots running Palmcricket. Upon completion of matches, the score-sheets are emailed to Paul each week, from where he uploads them into Cricket Statz. The games are also exported to the newspaper in MS-Excel format, for weekly publishing. Each team now scores using one Palm Pilot, with a manual scorebook as back-up. As a result, electronic match information is entered once only, using Palmcricket.

Paul believes that Palmcricket and Cricket Statz together form an unbeatable combination that could start spreading throughout the cricketing world.
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