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Steeped in tradition and history, Country Cricket has been around as long as anyone can remember and runs from April to September in the UK with some of the world's best players taking part.

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2017 County Championship Betting

Essex have been crowned County Championship winners for the first time in 25 years after defying the odds this season. Many had tipped the County as being more likely to be relegated after winning the second division in 2016 but their largely home-grown side lifted Lord's Taverners Trophy for the first time since 1992 with two games to spare. Eight of the players' who played in their decisive win over Warwickshire had come through the sides' academy and the success was their first ever title without boasting Graham Gooch in their ranks. 

They have continued the momentum built up in winning the second division last season with fast bowler Jamie Porter winning many of the plaudits for his displays over the course of the season. It's been a remarkable three years for the 24-year-old, who in 2014 had been set to give up the sport for a career in recruitment. However after ultimately deciding to give the sport what he describes as "one last go", he has been rewarded in spectacular fashion. He has been the leading wicket taker in the division, just ahead of his team-mate Simon Harmer and is now in contention to land a place in the England squad for the Ashes later this winter.

How to claim your County Championship free bet

Near enough every bookmaker in the world will supply odds on the sport of cricket but for detailed odds on the English County Championship the British ones are probably where you should go to with your free County Championship bet. The likes of William Hill and Ladbrokes are likely to keep wholly up to date with the comings and goings of the Championship season

When you have seen a free bet or particular market you like the look off click on the bookmaker of your choice on the right of the page and then the link to their homepage. Once there you will simply have to register with them which takes no more than five minutes and you will be ready to place your Country Championship free bet.

Select cricket from the sports menu and then County Championship, clicking on the odds in your preferred market will put the bet into the betting slip and you follow the instructions from there.

Once you have picked the bet you want it is all about finding which bookmaker will give you the best value for the bet. Find your bookmaker of choice by simply clicking on one of the links on the right of this page to head over to their website.

On arrival signing up for the bookie is a straight forward process and then follow the various instructions to be able to cash in your free bets. Some bookies provide them with no deposit, others require a settled bet first before you can use your free bet, again all these details are on the links on the right of the page.

When your free bet is ready to go, click on the odds you want and cash it in on the betting slip and sit back and enjoy a free bet on the County Championship!

What are the best free County Championships bets?

With games coming thick and fast throughout the season, there is always a chance to bet on who will be victorious in the coming days. There are not always a vast number of markets within matches, but one that is tempting to bet on is: First Innings Lead.

The way batting points are dished out in the County Championship, a quick glance at the table will tell you how well teams do with the bat in their first innings. Always back a team that is racking up batting points to do well in the First Innings Lead market.

Promotion and relegation is always an option to bet on during the County Championship season. Often in Division One, there are a couple of the smaller counties that look likely for the drop, but that is not to say the bigger ones do not fall foul of demotion as well. Surrey and Kent are currently in Division Two and will be joined by Lancashire next season, while Division One current champions Yorkshire have been there very recently.

The real crown in the jewel of County Championship betting, though, is who will be crowned champions come the end of the season. There are often five or six teams who have a very decent chance of doing just this, so picking wisely is crucial.

What always must be considered is; how many of the county’s star men will depart to play for England over the summer. If it is a lot of them, then their chances domestically are severely reduced.

Other markets available to bet for free on the County Championship during matches include:

  • Man of the Match
  • Top batsman
  • Winning margin
  • First wicket method
  • Top bowler
  • Fall of next wicket
  • Team to score most 4s
  • Team to score most 6s
  • And loads more!

Tell me more about the County Championship

The County Championship may have more competition than it ever has before with T20 contests springing up around the world, but for many it is still the best form of watching domestic cricket on the planet.

The oldest domestic cricket competition in the world dating back to when Surrey first won the title in 1890, the four-day contest has been played in England ever since and has seen near enough every great player ever to play the sport compete in it at one stage or another.

The competition is now split into two divisions, helpfully called Division One and Division Two. There are nine teams in each, with the bottom two teams in the top division relegated come the end of the season and the leading pair in the second division promoted.

Current champions are Middlesex, who ended a twenty three year wait for the title with their success last season. Yorkshire are the traditional powerhouses and they are the most successful side in County Championship history with 32 outright titles and also one shared victory.

It runs on a points systm, with the winner being the team with most points in the division (obviously). The points are currently awarded as follows:

  • Win: 16 points + bonus points.
  • Tie: 8 points + bonus points.
  • Draw: 5 points + bonus points.
  • Loss: Bonus points.

 

Bonus points are collected for batting and bowling. These points can only be obtained from the first 110 overs of each team's first innings and are awarded regardless of the outcome of the match to encourage attacking and exciting cricket.

Batting

  • 200-249 runs: 1 point
  • 250-299 runs: 2 points
  • 300-349 runs: 3 points
  • 350-399 runs: 4 points
  • 400+ runs: 5 points

Bowling

  • 3-5 wickets taken: 1 point
  • 6-8 wickets taken: 2 points
  • 9-10 wickets taken: 3 points

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