Betting on cricket
Cricket may not be everyone’s first choice when it comes to online betting but the sport attracts millions of pounds from all across the world and there are plenty of opportunities to turn a regular profit.
Test matches, One Day Internationals and T20 games can provide plenty of thrilling action but what markets are open and where should you be placing your money?
Win, lose or draw
Result betting is the obvious place to start and like most sports, there are options to back a win for either team or a drawn game. It’s important to remember however, that the draw element is usually only provided for first class matches such as tests and others that last more than one day.
For one day, limited overs fixtures, the draw or tie is very rarely provided and for T20 games the markets are reset ahead of a potential super over.
Most bookies will publish a good set of side bets for big, international matches and one of the most popular of these is the top batsman. As the name suggests, you have to speculate on which player in an individual side will score the most runs and prices tend to start at around the 3/1 mark.
This is a tricky bet to predict at times and it’s similar to football’s first goal scorer betting in that it’s tough but lucrative when it does drop in. One point to remember here is that in test and first class matches, only runs accrued in the first innings will count towards the outcome.
Other batting bets
Side betting in any cricket fixture will always be heavily biased in favour of the batsman. Runs produce excitement and in turn they attract the most money from a gambling perspective so this is no real surprise.
Other, popular bets include the team to hit the most sixes, Powerplay betting – where you decide which team will be ahead after a set amount of overs and the century bet, where you atake on whether a batter from either side will score a hundred or more.
As with all sporting bets, research is absolutely paramount and it can make the difference between a healthy profit and an embarrassing loss. Form needs to be studied in order to determine which teams and individual players are in good touch ahead of your selected game.
Bowling markets are restrictive by comparison and on many occasions they don’t even appear at all. When they do, they will simply offer a best bowler bet relating to wickets taken and runs conceded.
Away from the bowling, other alternatives, depending on the importance of the game, will typically include Man of the Match betting, highest opening partnership and highest individual score.
Cricket’s popularity as a sport has been enhanced with the arrival of T20 and the excitement that the 20 over format brings has introduced a whole new raft of bettors into the action. Overall, the available markets are simple to understand but all of them can produce some profitable returns.