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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.

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England's 2019 tour of New Zealand fixtures

T20 Series

Fri 01 Nov - Christchurch - England win by 7 wickets
Sun 03 Nov - Wellington - New Zealand win by 21 runs
Tue 05 Nov - Nelson New Zealand win by 14 runs
Fri 08 Nov - Napier - England win by 76 runs
Sun 10 Nov - Auckland - Match Tied (England win the one over eliminator)

Test Series

Wed 20 Nov - Tauranga - New Zealand win by an innings and 65 runs
Thu 28 Nov - Hamilton - Match Drawn

England tour of South Africa fixtures and results

England and South Africa have often produced tight and enthralling series and their contests over December, January and February have been some of their best ever.

The tourists came away with wins in the Test and T20 series' while ending the ODI series level, so it was a thouroughly successful trip for coach Chris Silverwood and captains Joe Root and Eoin Morgan.

Issues still remain in all formats of the game, and after losing the first match of all three series' there is a strange problem of how England open campaigns, but they showed excellent fight to pick up results in all formats.

First Test: Thu 26 December - Centurion - South Africa won by 107 runs
Second Test: Fri 03 January - Cape Town - England won by 189 runs
Third Test: Thu 16 Jan - Port Elizabeth - England won by an innings and 53 runs
Fourth Test: Fri 24 Jan - Johannesburg - England won by 191 runs

First ODI: Thu 04 Feb - South Africa won by 7 wickets
Second ODI: Fri 07 Feb - No Result
Third ODI: Sun 09 Feb - England won by 2 wickets

First T20: Wed 12 Feb - South Africa won by 1 run
Second T20 Fri 14 Feb - England won by 2 runs
Third T20: Sun 16 Feb - England won by 5 wickets

England tour of Sri Lanka

First Test: Thu 19 Mar - Galle
Second Test: Fri 27 Mar - Colombo

2019 Ashes


England had one warm-up test against Ireland starting on 24 July which proved more dramatic than expected.

What was supposed to be a walkover for the English proved a lot trickier than expected when they were bowled out for 85 in the first innings. However, they bounced back and won the match by 143 runs, bowling Ireland out for just 38 in their second innings.

Ashes fixtures/Results

01-05 Aug: 1st Test, Edgbaston - Australia won by 251 runs

England were in a fantastic position in the first Test, having the Aussies at 122-8 on the first day. However, Steve Smith rescued the situation for the tourists with a magnificent 144. England got themselves a 90 run lead after their first innings but then it all went wrong. The home bowlers were blunt in the second innings as Australia scored 487-7 declared, with Smith notching three-figures again. England crumbled on the fifth day to 146 all out and suffered a demoralising defeat.

14-18 Aug: 2nd Test, Lord's - Match drawn

England made two changes ahead of the second Test, with the injured Jimmy Anderson dropping out for debutant Jofra Archer and the out-of-form Moeen Ali being replaced by Jack Leach to improve the spin option. 

The weather was an issue in London, completely wiping out the opening day of the match, but it relented after that and we very nearly got enough play to produce a result. England made 258 in their first innings, with the Aussies then being bowled out for 250. There was serious drama in that innings as Archer his Steve Smith with a bouncer which saw him leave the field, returning but looking out of sorts. He was then ruled out of the second innings with signs of concussion, replace by Manus Labuschagne in the batting order.

Ben Stokes made a brilliant hundred in England's second innings as they made 258 again, leaving them 44 overs to try and bowl Australia out. They had the tourists worried, claiming six wickets, but the Aussies hung on.

22-26 Aug: 3rd Test, Headingley - England won by 1 wicket

One of the most incredible Test matches of all time saw England produce their highest run chase ever, thanks largely to the brilliance of Ben Stokes in the fourth innings in Leeds.

Joe Root chose to bowl at the toss and his side bowled out Australia for 179 in the first innings, looking in a strong position. However, they were then skittled for a pitiful 67, with Joe Denly top scoring on 12. The Aussies looked to have the game wrapped up when they made 246 in their second innings, leaving England needing 359 for the win.

At 15-2 it looked especially over, but then Root and Denly dug in for a while to keep England in the game, before Stokes replaced Denly and turned in one of the greatest Test innings of all time. The all-rounder scored 135* and managed a partnership of 74 with number 11 Jack Leach to secure the win and level the series in an outrageous performance.

04-08 Sep: 4th Test, Old Trafford - Australia won by 185 runs

After the miracle of Headingley, England could not capitalise on the momentum and tossed away their chances of getting their hands on the Ashes with a limp performance in Manchester.

Steve Smith returned to the Australian side and made his presence felt again by scoring 211 in his side's first innings and 82 in the second. England were set 382 to win in the final innings, which looked out of the question, but the possibility of batting out a draw wasn't out of the question. However, it started in the worst fashion for the hosts as England found themselves 0-2 with Rory Burns and Joe Root out for ducks,

There was some fine resistence on the final day, particularly from Craig Overton and Jos Buttler, but England eventually fell to a comfortable defeat.

12-16 Sep: 5th Test, The Oval - England won by 135 runs

There was an odd feeling about the final Test as England needed to win to draw the series, but with Australia having already kept hold of the Ashes, there was a slight lack of intensity and general interest in the contest.

England eventually secured a pretty straight forward victory with Australia quite clearly taking their foot off the gas, as demonstrated by Steve Smith failing to hit a century in the match, which looked unthinkable.

No Englishman managed three figures in the match, but half-centuries from Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Joe Denly and Ben Stokes proved enough, while Jofra Archer took six wickets in the Aussie first innings.

2019 Cricket World Cup

England finally won the Cricket World Cup in 2019 and they did so in sensational style after beating New Zealand in one of the most dramatic matches in the history of the game.

Eoin Morgan's side were not always convincing during the epic group stage, losing to Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia, but wins over India and the Kiwis saw them into the semi-finals. There they demolished the Aussies to book their place in the final, where New Zealand had already secured a spot. It was a remarkable achievement from Kane Williamson's team after they caused a huge upset to beat India in the final four over two days as rain set in at Old Trafford.

This set up the final, which looked to be going England's way as they restricted New Zealand to just 241-8 off 50 overs. However, batting was a real struggle at Lord's and Jason Roy, Joe Root and Morgan all fell cheaply. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler got England back in the hunt but it looked to be slipping away before a bizarre ending saw the scores end level, with England 241 all out.

This set up a super over, with England sending Stokes and Buttler back to the middle, where the two men made 15 from their six balls. Remarkably, the Kiwis made exactly the same with Jimmy Neesham and Martin Guptill, but as New Zealand scored less boundaries over the match, it was England who were crowned champions.

Kane Williamson was named Player of the series, India's Rohit Sharma was top run scorer (648) and Mitchell Starc took the most wickets (27).


England 2019 tour of West Indies results

20 Feb 2019 - England won by 6 wickets
22 Feb 2019 - West Indies won by 26 runs
25 Feb 2019 - Match abandoned
02 Mar 2019 - West Indies won by 7 wickets
05 Mar 2019 - England won by 4 wickets

Pakistan's 2019 tour of England results

05 May - T20 - Sophia Gardens, Cardiff - England won by seven wickets
08 May - ODI1 - Kia Oval, London - No Result (rained off)
11 May - ODI2 - Ageas Bowl, Southampton - England won by 12 runs
14 May - ODI3 - County Ground, Bristol - England won by 6 wickets
17 May - ODI4 - Trent Bridge, Nottingham - England won by 3 wickets
19 May - ODI5 - Headingley, Leeds - England won by 54 runs


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 ......

These 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



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 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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