Cricket Free Bets
Largely 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.
England play New Zealand in the second and final Test of a short series starting in Christchurch on Thursday night. England lost the Ashes series 4-0 and even if Australia used questionable tactics which could have bordered on cheating England were second best by a long distance. The squad that plays while ball limited over’s cricket is one of the best in the world but England are struggling in the five day format. Scoring 58 runs in the first test is abysmal and raises serious doubts about coaching methods and technique over the longest version of the sport.
After such a low first innings score England were relying on the weather to avoid defeat to New Zealand in the first match. There was some disruption but New Zealand has enough time to win the match by an innings and 49 runs. When Ben Stokes was dismissed just before dinner in the day-night match England lost all hope of escaping with a draw. The damage was done with the 58 first innings return which is the sixth lowest score in test history. With confidence shattered England are facing a second defeat and New Zealand are 6/4 with Ladbrokes to win the second Test.
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
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
which died at the Oval
29th AUGUST 1882,
Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing
friends and acquaintances
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 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:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- West Indies
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
Today's Cricket Tip
Lancashire to win the One-Day Cup at 16/1 with William Hill.
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William Hill's odds For England to win the World Cup.
Coral's odds for Harry Kane to be the World Cup top scorer.
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