Cricket Betting at Bet UK

Cricket betting offers plenty of different opportunities and markets to bet on. Bet UK's online betting has markets on major cricket matches, from county cricket games to the biggest test matches. Cricket Betting doesn’t stop when the match starts either, there is a huge selection of in play markets throughout the match.

Some say cricket is the second most popular sport on the planet, with an estimated three billion fans worldwide. With its unique pace and fierce yet friendly rivalries, cricket can also be enormously entertaining and - with a bit of luck - potentially a rewarding sport to bet on.

The rich nuances and subtlety of cricket make it a wonderful game to immerse yourself in. There are all manner of different codes with short, sharp limited-over contests through to Test matches that stretch over days, which means there are plenty of options when it comes to cricket betting.

Developing a detailed understanding of cricket opens up tremendous potential to unearth some value bets and the prospect of solid profits. But first, you need to arm yourself with a little knowledge on how the game works.

Bet UK’s Cricket Betting Markets

Cricket betting offers another opportunity for Bet UK to bring a range of markets to our players. Cricket is a sport that can have lots of different events and possibilities, in both test matches and in Twenty20. Bets can be placed on the highest individual score, whether or not there will be a 100 hit, or even as simple as which team will win the toss. If you want to get a bit more in depth with your cricket betting, then markets such as top bowlers or top batsmen might be more up your street.

Cricket Formats

Before betting on cricket it’s sensible to ensure that you have a good understanding of the range of options available. You might also find it useful to review how betting odds work so that you’re able to understand the risks and rewards on offer in cricket betting markets. Essentially cricket takes three forms split between international and domestic tournaments:

Test Match Cricket

Test cricket is played out over five days in internationals and four days between English counties. It’s a form of the game that usually attracts a lot of attention on the international stage.

One Day Cricket

One day cricket is a game played in a day with a maximum of 50 overs for one-day internationals (ODI) and 40 overs domestically.

Twenty20 (T20) Cricket

Initially developed to provide an opportunity to enjoy the sport at a faster pace, T20 cricket is played over an afternoon or evening either in club tournaments or internationally and is limited to just 20 overs.

Betting On International Cricket

International cricket offers a range of betting options, with the top teams taking part in various competitions either annually, every two years or every four years. There are a number of countries in which cricket is popular and it is these nations that typically dominate on the international stage, including England, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the West Indies.

Cricket World Cup Betting

Internationally, the Cricket World Cup is the biggest tournament in the sport, coming around every four years. 10 teams qualify for the championship which is played in the one day format. Each team faces each other in a single big pool before the top four compete in the semi-finals and then the final. Betting on the Cricket World Cup provides a range of opportunities, including wagers on individual matches as well as the overall winner.

Alongside the World Cup runs a series of international Test contests which run through assorted cycles between pairs of nations.

Betting On The Ashes

One of the most famous regular clashes in cricket is the Ashes, which has been contested between Australia and England since 1892. Huge interest in the biennial event affords lots of betting opportunities and around the world vast sums of cash are wagered on every possible outcome with intense partisan pride at stake. Betting on the ashes usually comes down to picking which of the two rivals will end up as the winner, while there are also a number of in-game bets and other options available as well.

In the Twenty20 game, the T20 World Cup was launched in 2007 and pits 16 international teams against one another in the limited-overs format. The 2020 Women's T20 World Cup is said to have been the most-watched female sporting competitions in history.

Cricket Betting Useful Terms

If you understand cricket, then cricket betting markets and terms should be quite self explanatory. But just in case you are new to cricket betting, Bet UK have put together a list of some markets to help you out.

Number of Boundaries - The number of boundaries cricket betting market is the amount of times that the ball is hit for either a 4 or a 6 throughout the match.

Series Winner - The Series Winner market is for the winner of the overall test series, rather than just the one match. Best value for cricket betting will be found before the series starts, but the market will be available throughout.

Highest Opening Partnership - The Highest Opening Partnership cricket betting market lets you bet on which teams opening 2 batsmen will score the most runs while out together. For example, if England played Australia, you would be betting whether or not England’s opening 2 batsmen would score more runs than Australia’s opening 2.

Domestic Cricket Betting

The Indian Premier League is the world’s biggest club competition. Played in the T20 format over six weeks in April, the razzmatazz and hype are like nothing else in cricket. Nationally, England has its T20 Cup and Australia hosts the Big Bash League each year.

In England and Wales, domestic competition centres around county cricket with 18 first-class clubs playing in the County Championship and 19 further sides in the Minor Counties Championship. Both leagues operate a home and away fixture set-up with four-day matches played out.

How To Bet On Test Cricket

The nature of Test match cricket sets it up perfectly for the strategic bettor. With games straddling five days, each session lasts two hours with around 30 overs played in each.

Because of the length of a Test match, the conditions and pattern of play can vary enormously throughout the contests. The natural breaks in action though allow fans to take stock of where the action, and the betting markets, are heading.

The variables in Test cricket can be huge. Weather plays a significant role, as does the condition of the wickets. Tactical tweaks are a feature throughout each Test. Some players are naturally suited to Test match cricket and some more to the shorter formats.

Even the pre-match toss of a coin - to decide who bats or bowls first - will influence how the session and the day’s play pans out, as does the state of the ball which is in play.

Unlike many team sports, draws are not uncommon in Test cricket and can be used as an intended tactic for either side in order to “save the day” and salvage a little pride. In cricket, a draw is not the same as a tie either. A tie occurs when the scores are equal, and a draw is declared when the two teams essentially end the match without a clear winner.

How To Bet On One Day Cricket

One Day and T20 cricket are hugely popular worldwide with stratospheric audiences particularly in Asia and the Middle East.

The focus in one-day cricket matches switches somewhat because rather than the chess-like strategies employed in Test cricket, the whole aim is to get runs, and quickly.

This means that more aggressive tactics are employed with power plays, and batsmen suited to the task, much more of a feature in each team’s approach. From a spectator point of view, matches are over in less than a day meaning that in-play cricket betting moves right to the fore.

Markets can fluctuate rapidly during the action which then requires nimble attention to how play is going and quick-fire bets are in order to maximise the odds on offer and the value that can be achieved.

How To Bet On T20 Cricket

T20 cricket essentially elevates the excitement of the one-day version at an even faster pace. With only 20 overs to rack up a winning score, each team is limited to just 80 minutes in which to do so.

A draw is impossible in T20 cricket too as the rules don’t allow it. If there is a tie after regular play, each team nominates three batsmen and one bowler to face-off in a single “Super Over”. If a team loses two wickets in those six balls, they lose the game outright and the other team wins. If that doesn’t happen, the team with the highest score from the single over will win.

Live Cricket Betting

So many factors can affect the outcome of any match rapidly meaning that live betting on cricket can be both entertaining and rewarding.

As with other sports, live betting - or in-play betting - enables you to place bets on the outcome of a match, or on events that may take place during a match, as it is being played.

Live crickets betting means that you’re able to get a feel for the game and place your bets accordingly. For example, if one team takes a significant lead early on, it might be hard for the other to catch up. Conversely, you may see the odds for the favourite to win get longer if the underdog plays better than expected. If you still believe the favourite will finish as eventual winners, this can provide an opportunity to back them at better odds than were available pre-match.

Betting in-play on cricket also opens up a number of opportunities to wager on what will happen during the course of the contest, meaning that you can sport opportunities as the game progresses as you get a feel for how the match is going, and can account for variables involved.

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