|It might be a hit with the girls but that didn't stop one scorer from describing the after show dinner and dance party as "a bit of dot-ball"|
Promoted as crickets' first musical "whodunit", the film follows the "far-out" adventures of four undercover scorers hired by the TCCB to investigate a curious case of score tampering in the summer of 1968 - unexplained leg byes benefitting Hampshire County Cricket Club are mysteriously appearing in tightly guarded County Championship scorebooks.
Director Herbert Moss is hoping that the film fares better than his last effort - the widely panned, A Hard Days Whites, about a group of former beauty queens who share their dreams, troubles and fears whilst working as laundry ladies for Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
"The problem with my last film was that that you needed specialist knowledge to appreciate how good it was," admitted Moss. "It was popular with laundry assistants, feminists, and Derbyshire members; but most normal people stayed away.
|Les Marshall complains: "Where were the tetanus riddled scoreboards and pencil thieves?"|
"The great thing about The Magical Mystery Score is that it has a bit of something in it for practically everyone in the world: detectives, cricket officials, pencil manufacturers, women, people who are into food or violence, even people who don't have long to live."
If the mood of the jubilant crowd of mostly young women who assembled in Leicester Square after the screening is anything to go by, Moss may well have a teen hit on his hands. However, claims that the film will appeal to everyone must be treated with scepticism.
Les Marshall, 77, a retired scorer who served the Wigmore Civil Servants Second XI for 54 years complained that the storyline lacked realism: "Typically the film only focussed on glamour, girls, and gold plated retractable pencils. It completely overlooked the grittier side of scoring such as missing pencil sharpeners, unclear umpire signals, and team lists riddled with spelling errors."
Abby Meadows, 18, a sales assistant from Chorleywood was far more impressed: "I wish I could play cricket - I would love to see a scorer add my name to a scorebook. Being entered by a scorer would be such an honour."