Cricket Free Bets

cricket ballLargely due to its popularity on the sub-continent cricket is the second most popular sport in the world, behind only football. Therefore the popularity of cricket free bets is huge within the world of online gambling as fans look to seize opportunities to bet on their favourite sport.

Cricket free bets can be used to punt on any format of the game, from Test match cricket to One Day Internationals and the increasingly popular Twenty20 matches. Within these different formats of the game there is the option to use your cricket free bets on markets as diverse as the match winner and top team run scorer or the method of the next dismissal and number of runs scored in an innings.

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England 2019 tour of West Indies fixtures

Tue 15 January - Tour Match - WI Board XI vs England

Venue: Three Ws Oval, Cave Hill

Thu 17 January - Tour Match - WI Board XI vs England

Venue: Three Ws Oval, Cave Hill

Wed 23 Jan - Test Match - West Indies vs England

Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown

Thu 31 Jan - Test Match - West Indies vs England

Venue: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound

Sat 09 Feb - Test Match - West Indies vs England

Venue: Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet

Sun 17 Feb - One-Day Tour Match - University of West Indies Vice Chancellor's XI vs England

Venue: Three Ws Oval, Cave Hill

Wed 20 Feb 2019 - ODI - West Indies vs England

Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown

Frid 22 Feb 2019 - ODI-  West Indies vs England

Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown

Mon 25 Feb 2019 - ODIWest Indies vs England

Venue: National Cricket Stadium, St. George's

Wed 27 Feb 2019 - ODI - West Indies vs England

Venue: National Cricket Stadium, St. George's

Sat 02 Mar 2019 - ODI - West Indies vs England

Venue: Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet

Tue 05 Mar 2019 - iT20 - West Indies vs England

Venue: Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet

Fri 08 Mar 2019 - iT20 - West Indies vs England

Venue: Warner Park, Basseterre

Sun 10 Mar 2019 - iT20 - West Indies vs England

Venue: Warner Park, Basseterre

England in 2018

2018 proved to be a topsy-turvy year for the England side, which started off incredibly badly, but ended very well indeed.

January saw Joe Root’s test side bring the Ashes series to an end Down Under, losing 4-0 to the Australians. It was a resounding series defeat which was a blow for the young captain in his first campaign against the bitterest of rivals.

However, the very same month England were able to prove how far they have come in ODIs as they hammered the Aussies 4-1 over 50-overs. It is rare for the England limited overs side to be notably better than the test outfit, but the start of 2018 was certainly evident of that.

England kept up this impressive form in the short game by heading to New Zealand for an ODI series in February and March and coming back with a 3-2 win, Jonny Bairstow hitting a memorable century in the final and deciding fixture. Frailties in tests were shown up again, though, as the two-match series finished 1-0 to the Kiwis.

In May, Pakistan arrived in England and, again, the test side looked dodgy, getting hammered in the first contest, although they rallied to win the second and draw the mini-series 1-1.

A shock loss to Scotland in an ODI followed, but then England welcomed the Australians for a 50-over series which will live long in the memory. The home side won the series 5-0, including scoring 481-6 at Trent Bridge, winning that game by a mammoth 242 runs.

Then India arrived in England, with the tourists winning a T20 series, but the hosts triumphing in the ODI series – continuing their incredible form in that format. Then came the huge challenge of the test series, which finally England rose to, beating the Indians 4-1 through August and September.

The year was rounded off with a tour of Sri Lanka and England’s one day form didn’t let them down, winning the ODI series 3-1 despite dreadful weather. Crucially they ended 2018 on a high in tests, winning the series 3-0 in Sri Lanka and confirming that they were somewhere near their best again in the longest format.

The year marked the end of Alastair Cook as a test player, as he bowed out against India at The Oval, making a century in his final game. The former captain and opening batsman will go down as one of his country’s finest players ever.

Which markets can I use my Cricket Free Bet on?

The number of markets on which you can use your cricket free bets has grown remarkably over the past ten years. Where once punters were restricted to betting on the match winner and perhaps the number of runs scored in an innings, there is now the option to use cricket free bets on a vast number of different markets:

  • Top team run scorer
  • Top team wicket taker
  • Number of extras in an innings
  • Batsmen match bets
  • Number of runs within an over
  • method of dismissal
  • Highest opening partnership
  • Century scored
  • Total 4s and total 6s ......

are just a handful of the markets now offered by most bookmakers on almost every international cricket match as well as many domestic ones too.

How do I use my Cricket Free Bets?

In order to claim your cricket free bet punters should follow the specific guidelines set out by each individual bookmaker in their free bet terms and conditions. Most will ask for punters to register then make an initial deposit and bet before their free bet token is credited. However, there are some online offers that only ask for a player to register for an account then will immediately credit accounts with a cricket free bet.

Once the free bet has been made available, using your cricket free bets couldn’t be simpler; first navigate your way to the cricket betting market of your choice, then make your selection at the advertised odds before finally selecting your bet and ticking the free bet option on the betting slip.

Then all that is left to do is sit in your lucky chair, wearing your lucky boxer shorts, cross all your fingers and toes and hope for the cricket betting gods to shine down on your bet.

Cricket Events to Bet On

Ashes Cricket

The oldest rivalry in cricket continues to attract the most attention in terms of both general public awareness and punters looking to use their cricket free bets. The Ashes has been contested between England and Australia since 1882 and for cricketers and patriots of either nation it is still regarded as the holy grail of their sport.

The name ‘Ashes’ comes from a mock obituary written by Reginald Brooks in The Sporting Times just after Australia first defeated England in 1882, it read;

In Affectionate Remembrance

of

ENGLISH CRICKET,

which died at the Oval

on

29th AUGUST 1882,

Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing

friends and acquaintances

R.I.P.

N.B.—The body will be cremated and the

ashes taken to Australia.

Thereafter England’s captain Ivo Bligh vowed that his side would go to Australia and regain “The Ashes”. Thus a legend was born and one of sport’s greatest rivalries created.

Test Cricket

Test match cricket is amongst the oldest forms of the game and the first ever recorded match was between, you guessed it England and Australia, back in 1877. The name test derives from the fact that games usually last between 4-5 days and will 'test' the endurance and ability of the respective sides. Though this format was initally most commonly assoicated with international sides, test matches are now a common feature in the domestic game with the UK's County Championships taking place in the summer months. There are currently 10 international sides playing the ICC Test Championship including:

  1. Australia
  2. India
  3. Pakistan
  4. England
  5. New Zealand
  6. South Africa
  7. Sri Lanka
  8. West Indies
  9. Bangladesh
  10. Zimbabwe

League Cricket

Cricket in the UK is of course a summer based thing and even then we see a number of games fall foul of the weather, good old blighty eh! When the games are taking place, they are contested between the 18 historic county sides. The County Championship is the UK's first-class domestic tournament, in which the 18 teams compete over two divisions. The games are played using the international test format so they can often last for days at a time meaning that in-match betting opportunities are plentiful and can also be very profitable.

The Indian Premier League is now one of the most watched sporting leagues in the world as big crowds and big money attract the star names to the competition. The likes of Chris Gayle, Kevin Pietersen, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Lasith Malinga and Jacques Kallis have all plied their trade on the IPL stage and attracted many cricket free bets.

Limited Overs Cricket

Some cricket competitions are played in a much shorter format. These competitions are usually played in order to encourage a more attacking and exciting style and feature either 20 or 50 overs, with games being played within the space of just one day. These formats come in both the domestic and international game and include competitions such as:

  • Natwest T20 Blast
  • Royal London One-Day Cup
  • ICC T20 World Cup
  • Cricket World Cup
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