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.
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2020 Cricket Season
The 2020 cricket season was delayed due to the current health situation. Cricket resumed with a three-test series against the West Indies. The revised schedule will also see a three-match ODI series against Ireland and a three-test series against Pakistan in August followed by three T20 matches.
England Win Series against Pakistan
5-9 August: 1st Test, Old Trafford
Pakistan 1st innings - 326 all out - Masood 156, Babar 69, Shadab 45, Broad 3-54, Archer 3-59
England 1st innings - 219 all out - Pope 62, Buttler 38, Yasir 4-66
Pakistan 2nd innings - 169 all out - Yasir 33, Broad 3-37
England 2nd innings - 277-7 - Woakes 84 not out, Buttler 75, Root 42, Sibley 36, Yasir 4-99
England won by three wickets
13-17 August: 2nd Test,Southampton
Pakistan 1st innings 236 all out - Rizwan 72, Abid Ali 60, Babar 47, Broad 4-56, Anderson 3-60
England 1st innings 110-4 - Crawley 53, Sibley 32
21-25 August: 3rd Test, Southampton
England 1st innings 583-8 dec - Crawley 267, Buttler 152, Woakes 40
Pakistan 1st innings 273 all out - Azhar 141 not out, Rizwan 53, Anderson 5-56
Pakistan 2nd innings (following on) 187-4 - Babar 63 not out, Abid Ali 42, Anderson 2-45)
England won the series 1-0. James Anderson reached 600 wickets in this match, the first fast bowler to reach that figure in test cricket.
Next up is a three-match T20 series with all matches being played at Old Trafford.
28 August: 1st T20, Old Trafford (18:00)
30 August: 2nd T20, Old Trafford (14:30)
1 September: 3rd T20, Old Trafford (18:00)
Broad Reaches 500 Test Wickets as England Win Series
England 1st innings - 369 all out (Pope 91, Buttler 67, Broad 62, Burns 57, Roach 4-72)
West Indies 1st innings - 197 all out (Holder 46, Broad 6-31)
England 2nd innings - 226-2 dec (Burns 90, Root 68 not out, Sibley 56)
West Indies 2nd innings - 129 all out (Woakes 5-50, Broad 4-36)
England beat the West Indies by 270 runs to win the series 2-1
England win ODI Series against Ireland 2-1
England fitted in a three-match ODI series against Ireland between the test matches against the West Indies and Pakistan. They won the first two matches by six wickets and four wickets but lost the final match by 7 wickets.
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).
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
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