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28th June 2016 / paul - Category:
Betting is wide-open ahead of the start of the fourth Caribbean Premier League T20, despite there only being six teams involved.
Interest in cricket is enjoying a resurgence in the West Indies after their T20 World Cup triumph, especially in shorter formats of the game, and tickets for forthcoming Caribbean Premier League matches have been selling well with some of the world’s top T20 players having been signed up.
Chris Gayle is always box office and is captaining the Jamaica Tallawahs. West Indies team-mate Andre Russell, South African fast bowler Dale Steyn and former Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakarra are other star names on the Tallwahs roster and they’ll be looking to add to their success in the inaugural competition in 2013 having lost in the semi-finals in the last two years.
Barbados Tridents, with a wealthy new sponsor, won the Caribbean Premier League in 2014 and Kieron Pollard’s side can call on the likes of AB de Villers and Shoaib Malik this year. The rebranded Trinbago Knight Riders look strong as Dwayne Bravo well get good support from Windies team-mates Sunil Narine and Sulieman Benn. New Zealanders Brendon McCullum and Colin Munro offer powerful hitting in the middle order and Hashim Amla has been playing for SouthAfrica in the Tri-Nations series in the Caribbean.
Tribago are a best 4/1 with Boylesports, who are also best odds on the Tridents, the Tallawahs and the ST LUCIA ZOUKS.
I really like the make-up of the Zouks this year. They have a nice blend of local talent and experienced overseas players including Australians Michael Hussey and Shane Watson and big-hitting South African David Miller. Windies internationals based in St Lucia include captain Darren Sammy, Andre Fletcher, Denesh Ramdin, Fidel Edwards and Johnson Charles.
It’s about time the Zouks were putting themselves on the map in this competition having failed to make even the semi-finals so far and they look to have a much stronger squad than the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, who finished bottom of the pile last year in their inaugural season, and the Guyana Amazon Warriors. The Warriors are only 6/1 with Ladbrokes but have failed to attract many star players this year having been beaten finalists in two of the three previous competitions.
Caribbean Premier League Best Odds
Barbados Tridents, St Lucia Zouks and Trinbago Knight Riders (4/1), Jamaica Tallwahs (9/2), Guyana Amazon Warriors (6/1), St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (13/2)
15th June 2016 / paul - Category:
Rain put paid to England’s hopes of a series whitewash in the Third Test at Lords but that will have delighted regular readers, who should have followed our advice for a 2-0 correct score at 2/1.
An inexperienced Sri Lanka had virtually no chance of an upset against Alastair Cook’s men in the five-day game but will hope to fare better in the ODIs, which get under way on June 21.
Unfortunately, there is a lot going on at present and only one major bookmaker has so far put up odds for the five-match ODI series – England are 1/5 with Ladbrokes, who have the tourists at 7/2.
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Farveez Maharoof has earned himself a call up to Sri Lanka’s ODI squad for the clashes between Ireland and England in June and July.
Maharoof has not played an ODI since Sri Lanka faced Bangladesh in Dhaka in March 2012 but has impressed in the Premier Limited Over Tournament in Sri Lanka, finishing as the leading wicket-taker after taking 16 wickets in five matches at an average of 6.31. The all-rounder is part of a group of five players joining the squad for the ODIs. The others are Danushka Gunathilaka, Seekkuge Prasanna, Suraj Randiv and Upul Tharanga but this is not the same team that beat England by nine wickets in the World Cup last year.
England are also a much different, and stronger, ODI side. There will be no Ben Stokes for this series as he recovers from injury but Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Jason Roy and Joe Root are all now top-class limited overs players and Eoin Morgan’s men should again put the opposition to the sword.
England are 7/4 for a 4-1 correct score series win and 7/2 for a 5-0 series whitewash with Ladbrokes.
2nd March 2016 / paul - Category:
Whichever side gets through the Group A qualifying section for this year’s ICC World Twenty20 will probably wish they hadn’t bothered for they will go forward into Group 2 of the Super 10 stage, which features some real power-houses of limited-overs cricket.
Group 2 already includes hosts India, inaugural World T20 winners in 2007, Pakistan – successful in England two years later – Australia, the reigning 50-over World Cup champions, and New Zealand. Nobody will be envying Bangladesh, Ireland, the Netherlands or Oman should they qualify.
The two countries that reach the semi-finals from Group 2 will certainly be battle-hardened but it forecasting who those two teams will be isn’t straightforward and bookmakers are hanging fire on putting up odds until the last minute. You can, however, have a bet on countries to reach the final with India and Australia both featuring prominently in Betfred’s odds.
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World T20 Betfred Odds To Reach The Final
India (6/5), Australia and South Africa (2/1), England (11/4), Pakistan, New Zealand and West Indies (4/1), Sri Lanka (6/1), Bangladesh (16/1)
You could argue that New Zealand might be the outsiders of the four seeded nations as they’ve lost Brendon McCullum. However, the stats don’t back up claims that the Kiwis are a weaker side without their fast-scoring former skipper. In nine T20 matches played with McCullum since 2014, the Black Caps have won seven. Kane Williamson is the world’s number one batsman and Martin Guptill’s average was better than McCullum’s.
Australia never lack confidence going into any tournament and Steve Smith is an inspirational figure in all forms of cricket. Aaron Finch, Usman Khuwaja and David Warner are all powerful hitters at the top of the order but the sub-continent’s slow pitches may just blunt the effectiveness of their pace attack.
India, as hosts, will be under massive pressure and will need Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to be at their very best to win the tournament. They may just fall short this time but their grudge match with Mohammad Hafiz’ Pakistan should be a spectacle.
ICC World Twenty20 Winners Best Odds
India (12/5), South Africa (11/2), Australia (6/1), England (7/1), New Zealand and West Indies (10/1), Pakistan (11/1), Sri Lanka (16/1), Bangladesh (50/1), Afghanistan and Zimbabwe (500/1), Ireland and the Netherlands (1000/1)
29th February 2016 / paul - Category:
2016 ICC World Twenty20 Men’s Tournament
There will initially be 16 teams competing in the ICC World T20. In the first round, the lowest-ranked ICC Full Members, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, compete with six qualifiers (including Ireland and Scotland) for two spots in the group stages alongside the top eight Full Members in the Super 10 groups.
There have been five ICC World T2os so far have so far and no team has won more than once.
The inaugural event was staged in South Africa in 2007 and won by India. The 2009 tournament took place in England, and was won by the previous runners-up Pakistan. The third tournament was held in 2010 and staged in the West Indies. England beat Australia in the final, their only victory to date in a major international competitions. The West Indies beat hosts Sri Lanka in the final in 2012 but Sri Lanka went one better in Bangladesh in 2014 and became the first team to play in three finals in the process.
This year’s competition is again being staged in Asia with seven cities across India hosting matches. The final will be at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on April 3.
Assumptions have to be made regarding the make-up of the Super 10s but betway have taken any doubts out of the equation by offering odds against the four possible qualifiers from the preliminary rounds in betting for Groups 1 and 2.
World T20 Group 1 betway odds
England and South Africa (2/1), West Indies (3/1), Sri Lanka (7/2), Afghanistan and Zimbabwe (100/1), Hong Kong and Scotland (1000/1)
It’s something of a surprise to see England vying for favouritism in this section. They did won 3-0 against Pakistan in the Middle East at the end of last year but were given a lesson in finishing by South Africa in their last two matches and have to face the Proteas again.
Eoin Morgan’s squad will also have to face the potentially destructive power of Chris Gayle and the West Indies, who are ranked third in the world, and though Sri Lanka are a team in transition, they are still captained by Lasith Malinga who has been a thorn in England’s side too often to recall. Given England’s overall record, that 2/1 quote by betway is looking too low. Both Afghanistan and Zimbabwe have the scope to cause them problems and they can’t be any value. The Windies should be worth backing in this section if they can harness individual talent.
Gayle features prominently in betting to be Top batsman at the ICC World T20s (14/1 with Paddy Power) but India’s Rhit Sharma and Virat Kohli share current favouritism. England’s Alex Hales, who has been in terrific form with the white ball lately, is 25/1 but I’d be more interested in the 20/1 about South Africa’s Faf Du Plessis.
World T20 Top Batsman Paddy Power betting
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (9/1), AB De Villiers, David Warner and Usman Khawaja (10/1), Quinton De Kock, Chris Gayle and Shane Watson (14/1), Shikhar Dhawan, Martin Guptil, Kane Williamson and Stve Smith (16/1), Joe Root and Hashim Amla (18/1), Faf Du Plessis (20/1), Tillekeratne Dilshan (22/1), Alex Hales, Ahmed Shazad and Colin Munro (25/1)
19th December 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
It has just been getting worse and worse for England’s cricketers. They pretty much just handed over the Ashes back to the Australians with another poor performance. Defeat in Adelaide saw England fall to 3-0 in the series and with no batting confidence in their ranks, a 5-0 whitewash is really on the cards.
You can’t see the Australians sitting back now that they have earned the urn. They will have their tails up and will want to continue to put England to the sword. The hosts have been head and shoulder above the tourists in every department so far in the Ashes Series.
An Australia 5-0 whitewash is running at 7/4 favourite with online betting site Paddy Power. It Really doesn’t look a big stretch now. If there is anything left in the England reserve then you could take an Australia 40- victory at 5/2, or Australia 4-1 in the Ashes Series Correct Score betting market with Paddy Power.
The 4th Test will starting late on Christmas Day in the UK as England try and pull themselves together and avoid total annihilation. After crushing victories by margins of 381 in Brisbane and 218 in Adelaide, England slumped to a 150 in Perth to hand over the Ashes. One positive is that at least the margin of defeat has been getting smaller and smaller. However, the Australians have just been too ruthless.
Can England grab something in Melbourne for the 4th Test? Naturally the bookies have Alastair Cook’s men at long odds, 7/2 to get a victory in the next Test, while the Australians are at 8/11 to take the draw.
Online betting site Paddy Power are running their Double Odds Special for the 4th and 5th Test. Back a winning Top Team Runscorer in any innings of the Third Test, and if the player scores a century, then Paddy Power will pay you out at DOUBLE your original odds.
11th December 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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Can England save any face in the third Test of the Ashes series? After getting blown out of the water in the first two Tests, largely being orchestrators of their own downfall with some woeful batting, the tourists are staring down the barrell of a potential whitewash in the series. They have yet to get any foothold in the series since the opening day of the first Test, a strong position which they simply threw away.
Now they will head to the unpredictable high bounce in Adelaide for the Third Test this week, hoping to redeem themselves. Coach AndY Flower has already said that there will be changes in the lineup as England look for a winning combination. While the Australians are running as strong 4/6 favourites to win the Third Test, you could look for bigger profit in the batsman markets.
Paddy Power are running a Double-Odds Special for the Third Test. Back a winning Top Team Run Scorer in any innings of the Third Test, and if the player scores a century, then the bookmaker will pay you out at DOUBLE your original odds.
Can England stage something of a comeback, led from the top by Alastair Cook? Or will it be the deadly bowling of Mitchell Johnson who blows the tourists away again in Adelaide, a ground where England have only won once before. Pride, at the very least, is up for grabs for England starting on Friday.
21st November 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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England’s cricketers, thanks largely to Stuart Broad with a five-fer, took the upper hand on the first day of the First Test of the Ashes series in Brisbane. Can the tourists press home their early advantage and go all the way and open up a 1-0 lead in the series? There is a lot of cricket still to be played of course at the Gabba, but with Paddy Power, you can take the opportunity to try and get double odds!
Back a winning Top Team Runscorer in any innings of the First Test, and if the player scores a century, then Paddy Power will pay you out at DOUBLE your original odds.
This great cricket betting promotion does apply only to bets placed before the first ball of that particular inning and applies tot he top team runscorer markets only. The maximum stake is £50 per customer.
Will the Aussies have a big scorer in their second innings? Who will be England’s star with the bat? Will it be captain Alastair Cook or Kevin Pietersen putting on a show in his 100th test match for England? It’s the Ashes and anything can happen.
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30th July 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Free Bets & Promotions
Online betting site Paddy Power have a couple of great Ashes Cricket betting promotions running for the 3rd Test. England take a commanding 2-0 lead into the action at Old Trafford, which starts on August 1st. A third victory in a row, or even a draw would secure the Ashes in England’s grip, but the home fans will be encouraging Alastair Cook’s men to try and take another step towards delivering a series whitewash to the visiting Australians.
Paddy Power have two Ashes Third Test promotions, starting with a Double Odds Special. When you back a winning Top Team Runscorer in any innings of the Third Test, and that player scores and goes on to score a century, then the bookmaker will pay you out at Double your original odds. This applies to bets placed before the 1st ball of the innings is bowled and the maximum stake is £50 per customer.
The second Cricket promotion that Paddy Power have running for the Third Test is an LBW Special. If your player gets out LBW then the bookie will refund losing betting in-running bets on their Runs market for that particular innings. This applies again to single bets placed on the Player runs market after the first ball has been sent down the track. The refund on this one applies to Player Runs bets only, such as A Cook over 28.5 runs. The maximum refund is £100 per customer/bet.
16th July 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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England have kept faith with the same squad that won the opening Ashes Test against Australia, as the two old rivals head to Lords to contest the second Test this week. Can England take a commanding series lead, or will the Australians be able to mount a comeback? After so much dramatic and thrilling action from Trent Bridge in the first match, it is hard to predict just what can follow all of that. Will it be a more professional and concentrated effort from both sides?
Online bookmaker Ladbrokes have a good cricket betting promotion running for the England v Australia Second Test. If Kevin Pietersen top scores in England’s 1st innings in the 2nd Test Match, between England and Australia, starting 18/07/2013, then online betting site Ladbrokes will refund losing stakes on the Match Betting up to £50, in the form of a free bet token.
This applies to bets placed before the start of play on the 18th and it does offer some good coverage for your cricket betting. After scoring just 14 runs in less than half an hour at the crease in his first innings of the opening Test, Pietersen settled in for a solid half century, scoring 64 in nearly four hours.
England Top Runscorer 2nd Test 1st Innings odds at Ladbrokes
Cook 7/2, Pietersen 7/2, Trott 7/2, Root 9/2, Bell 11/2, Bairstow 10/1, Prior 1/1
In the first Test Jonathan Trott top scored for England in their first innings with just 48, while Ian Bell’s vital 109 was top in the second. Bell will be pretty good value in this one, as he has notched up three half centuries in his last five innings at Lords. In England’s last match but one at Lords, Jonny Bairstow fired off 95 and 54 against South Africa and back in May on the ground, he top scored in the first innings against New Zealand.
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23rd June 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
England will be rattling back into action with England v New Zealand T20 Cricket betting on June 25th. It a busy summer for the ICC Champions Trophy finalists, the Ashes series will be right around the corner and so all the practice that England can get will only help them out there. This is a two match series for England against the Black Caps, and naturally on home soil, England are firm favourites. Bear in mind though England were favourites to beat New Zealand in the One Day International series ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy and failed.
But the head to head record for England v New Zealand in the T20 former is heavily in favour of the hosts. England have won seven on the nine previous meetings including two of the three matches which they have already contested this year. Back in February the two nations contested T20 internationals and England won 2-1 on that occasion down in New Zealand. Given the advantages that England’s seamers can get on their home soil, many are fancying that this latest renewal between them will result in a whitewash.
In the England v New Zealand T20 Series Correct Score market, England are pretty decent value at 2/1 with online betting site Bet Victor to make a clean sweep 2-0. Trading as the favourite option in the market is a 1-1 draw at 4/5, but England really need to come out swinging ahead of the Ashes series and may play freely and loosely after some tense battles in the ICC Champions Trophy.
England are 2/1 favourites to win the Series outright, with New Zealand back at 4/1 with Bet Victor to get the job done. For the first of the two T20 matches, England again are edging things at a price of 4/5 to take the opening win. Having won seven of the last eight T20 encounters with New Zealand, there is a clear favouritism here.
England v New Zealand T20 Series Outright Winner Odds at online betting site Bet Victor
Draw 11/10, England 2/1, New Zealand 4/1
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