Download of the Day: LiveCricket

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LiveCricket

With the Cricket World Cup currently in full swing Down Under and summer on the horizon there's no better time to download LiveCricket to keep track of those important scores all day long.

Why you need it

Cricket is hardly the most frenetic sport on the planet and as such doesn't lend itself to you spending chunks of your working day checking the score. That in mind a desktop score service is just what the doctor ordered and LiveCricket's simple interface is a great way to track scores, scorecards and follow England all the way to glory (*the last part we can't guarantee).

Installing LiveCricket is a doddle and there's no adware to worry about so once it's on your desktop the only thing you'll be harassed by is your country or team losing wickets at a rate of knots. The small application starts off as a un-intrusive scoreboard in the bottom corner of the desktop that displays the current score, run rate, and last three overs bowled.

A small pop-down feature is also a part of the program and can be configured to show the score of each side, the scores of the two batsmen currently at the crease and the bowling stats of the two players hurling the cherries at the stumps. LiveCricket can go into even more detail than that though.

Hover over the application to bring up the scorecard of all the day's proceedings where detailed batting and bowling stats appear for both teams plus the umpires, man of the match and everything else you would need to know about the match taking place.

When a game is in progress a ticker updates every time a significant event takes place and anyone that wants an even less intrusive experience can choose to turn off the alerts to only come up when a wicket is taken or choose to have the full experience where there's an alert for everything.

Any cricketing fans in your office will be smitten with what LiveCricket offers and as an sports ticker it is particularly quiet compared to what else is on offer elsewhere.

Key features

Works on: Windows 7 and 8.1

Price: Free

Instant Updating: Scores update in real time meaning that when a wicket falls, century is passed, or a side wins you will be informed.

Custom Alerts: LiveCricket won't irritate you every time a run is scored or a dot ball bowled as it can be customised to only send out alerts when certain events take place.

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