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Nov 252016
 

by Alastair Symondson  Friday 25 November 2016

The Oval – T20 cricket under floodlights

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Cricket has taken great strides to make the game more accessible and entertaining to the sporting public. The cavalier approach of limited overs has trickled down to the Test arena where the action is more exciting than ever before and having a bet on the cricket only adds to the drama and tension.
Gambling is a major pastime in the UK and there are many ways to bet on sport. This cricket betting guide will help you choose the best betting strategy to suit your knowledge of the game and desire to take risks.

Matched betting

This is the only legal method that guarantees you can make a profit betting on cricket and other sports. The system uses betting exchanges and a handy matched bets betting calculator to turn bookmaker free bets and bonuses into cold hard cash. 

Winnings from matched betting are limited by the value of the free bets. You’ll need to spend an hour or so each day to make £400-£500 per month and be prepared to bet on sports other than cricket. It’s ideal for people with limited knowledge of the finer points of cricket and those who are risk averse. It’s a brilliant way to pay for trips with the Barmy Army or to attend big finals.

Sportsbook markets

Placing bets with a bookmaker is the most traditional way to bet on cricket. They offer lots of choice with match winner, Series winner, series scores, tops batsman and top bowler being the most popular markets. They’ll dream up plenty of alternatives for high profile games and these days you can also bet in-play with the odds changing as the overs run down and wickets fall.

Within limits, you can bet as little or as much as you want which allows you to judge the right balance of risk and reward for the level of excitement you want to experience. The odds are generally in the bookmakers’ favour but knowledgeable cricket fans keeping their eye on things like the weather, pitch conditions, the fitness/mood of key players have a better chance of winning than those relying on lady luck.

Spread betting

Cricket spread betting is a thrilling way to complement your viewing of live cricket but it is not for the feint hearted. Spread betting is inspired by city financial trading and is much more than simply predicting the final result. Spread betting firms will offer a prediction on a two way market and you decide whether the outcome will be higher or lower than the prediction (or spread).
Your skill and willingness to take risks is important in spread betting because the stake you place isn’t fixed. If you sell for £5 in a runs market for instance you’ll win your stake multiplied by each run higher than the spread or lose £5 for every run lower than the spread. So, the more your bet is right, the more you will win but on the flip side, the more you get it wrong the more you will lose.
Spread betting is regarded as high risk and you can lose more than your initial stake. In addition to an in-depth knowledge of the game it requires a good understanding of spread betting techniques and strategies.

Betting Exchange Trading

Betting exchanges allow to you to bet with other members of the exchange, you can place a bet as you normally would with a bookmaker or play the role of bookmaker and accept a bet from another member.
Cricket betting is very popular on the Betfair Exchange which has loads of markets to choose from. Exchanges provide a useful alternative to bookmakers where you can sometimes find better prices but come into their own as a platform for trading during a cricket match.
Exchange odds fluctuate with every over. Maiden overs, a batsman getting his eye in, fall of wickets, bowler changes and weather will cause the odds to swing back and forth. The best traders are adept at predicting the way the market moves, backing and laying for small profits that can build up to healthy gains by the end of the match. Like spread betting, trading on cricket requires great knowledge of the game and its statistics in addition to understanding the techniques and associated risks.

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Nov 252016
 
ECB announces first round of floodlit matches in upcoming season of County Championship

by Manuj Sharma  Friday 25 November 2016

Edgbaston will host the first ever day-night Test for England in 2017

Edgbaston will host the first ever day-night Test for England in 2017

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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced the fixtures for the 2017 season of the Specsavers County Championship 2017 season which will see the day-night matches in the complete first round.

Essex, Hampshire, Warwickshire and Yorkshire in Divison One while Durham, Glamorgan, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Sussex in Division Two will get the opportunity to host the day-night matches which kicks start on 26th June.

The last time a floodlit county game was played way back in 2011 when Kent and Glamorgan locked horns in Canterbury.

With Edgbaston set to host the first ever day-night Test in United Kingdom against West Indies in August 2017, the ECB wants the English players to get a feel of the conditions in the first round of the championship which will be played with pink Duke balls.

Tom Harrison, the ECB’s chief executive officer, believes with increasing popularity to day-night Tests, it is vital for the players to be given as many chances to experience the conditions at the first-class level.

“We were excited to announce a few weeks ago that Edgbaston will be staging an historic day/night Test, and it’s great that the counties, and the Specsavers County Championship, can also get involved,” said Harrison.

“It was important for us to arrange a full round of fixtures to give our England players the chance to experience the conditions. But just as we wanted to assess the impact of making Test cricket more accessible by changing the hours of play, the counties have really embraced the potential of Championship matches that stretch well into the evening when people have finished school or work.

“The early indications from Edgbaston are that day-night Test cricket is proving very popular, and hopefully it will be the same for the Specsavers County Championship now the fixtures are confirmed. There are some really attractive matches in the day/night round, and it will be fascinating to see how it works out.”

The 2017 season will get underway on 7th April with matches to be played on Friday allowing significant amount of matches in weekend.

ECB has also announced the fixtures for the Royal London One-Day Cup which will begin on 27th April and the final will be played on 1st July.

There has been change of schedule in the Natwest T20 Blast as well as it will begin on 7th July and will be played in the next seven weeks rather than a spread of three months as done previously.

© Cricket World 2016

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Nov 252016
 
Rain restricts first day's play in Hamilton to just 21 overs

by Sandeep Shivam  Friday 25 November 2016

Ross Taylor looked fluent before rain interrupted

Ross Taylor looked fluent before rain interrupted

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New Zealand 77-2 (Raval 35no) v Pakistan
Second Test, Hamilton, day one
Scorecard

Rain played spoilsport on day one of the second Test in Hamilton with only 21 overs of play possible in which New Zealand managed to score 77 for two.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to field first. A ban for Misbah-ul-Haq for poor over rate allowed Mohammad Rizwan to make his debut while Wahab Riaz and Imran Khan replaced Yasir Shah and Rahat Ali for the visitors.

New Zealand brought in Mitchell Santner for Todd Astle and Matt Henry took the place of injured Trent Boult.

Rain delayed the start of the proceedings by 30 minutes. In the first over of the day, Mohammad Amir (1-15) had Tom Latham (0) caught in the slips.

Kane Williamson (13) was handed a reprieve when Amir dropped him off his own bowling in the fifth over.

Both Williamson and Jeet Raval (35 not out) added 35 runs for the second wicket before the former behind off Sohail Khan (1-35). Pakistan had to use a review to get the decision in their favour.

Ross Taylor (29 not out), who is set to undergo an eye surgery after the game had no problem with his vision whatsoever as he scored six boundaries in his 20-ball knock to take New Zealand to 77 for two in 21 overs when the rain arrived.

The rain was persistent and did not allow any further play.

© Cricket World 2016

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Nov 242016
 
Jonathan Trott renews contract with GM Cricket

by Andrew Wood  Thursday 24 November 2016

Jonathan Trott renews contract with GM Cricket

Jonathan Trott has renewed the contract with GM Cricket after a gap of four years

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Former England batsman Jonathan Trott has renewed his contract with Gunn & Moore (GM) after a hiatus of four years.

From being a school boy in South Africa in 2000, the 35-year-old has been in association with GM for 12 years and during this period he has amassed 12,343 runs at an average of 44.88 including 29 centuries and 60 fifties.

His association with GM proved even more successful for Trott when he moved to England as he scored 7,786 runs for Warwickshire averaging 46.07 and another 2,676 runs at international level at an average of just over 50 during this period.

In the 2010 home series for England against Pakistan, Trott was the leading run-scorer with 404 runs from four matches at an average of 67.33 which won him the man of the series award and in 2011 he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year, ECB Cricketer of the Year and ICC Cricketer of the Year.

Trott said he is looking forward to work with GM again.

“I played some of my best cricket with GM bats and equipment and I am looking forward to renewing our successful partnership.”

Managing Director of Gunn & Moore, Peter Wright, is delighted with Trott renewing the contract with the company.

“We are delighted that Jonathan has decided to re-join Team GM and our previous relationship speaks for itself. He was always a joy to work with and we look forward to helping him with the next stage of his career.”

© Cricket World 2016

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Nov 242016
 
Faf du Plessis century and declaration catches Australia off the guard

by Sandeep Shivam  Thursday 24 November 2016

Faf du Plessis celebrating his century in the third Test in Adelaide

Faf du Plessis celebrating his century in the third Test in Adelaide

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South Africa 259-9 dec (du Plessis 118no) v
Australia 14-0 (Renshaw 8no)
Third Test, Adelaide, day one
Scorecard

Faf du Plessis scored a fabulous unbeaten century as South Africa recovered from 161 for seven to 259 for nine before they declared their innings to have a crack at Australia on day one of the third Test in Adelaide.

The Australian openers Usman Khawaja (3 not out) and Matt Renshaw (8 not out) managed to see through the 12 overs of play scoring 14 runs without losing a wicket.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first in their first-ever day-night Test. They replaced Keshav Maharaj with Tabraiz Shamsi while Australia made five changes to their side.

Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson made their debut while Jackson Bird and Matthew Wade made a return to the Australian line-up.

In the third over of the day, Stephen Cook (40) edged a delivery to the slips but Mitchell Starc (2-78) had overstepped to give him a reprieve.

However, Starc bounced back in the seventh over when he had Dean Eglar (5) caught at third slip. Josh Hazlewood (4-68) on the other struck two times in quick succession to remove Hashim Amla (5) and JP Duminy (5). South Africa were reeling at 44 for three at that stage.

Faf du Plessis (118 not out) and Cook ensured there were no further hiccups as South Africa went into lunch at 89 for three.

Fifth over into the second session, Cook nicked one to second slip to give Starc his second victim ending his 51-run stand with du Plessis.

Jackson Bird (2-57) too joined the act of destruction as he surprised Temba Bavuma (8) with a back of the length delivery and he became the fifth batsman to be caught behind in the innings.

With wickets falling at the other end, du Plessis completed a quite half-century needing 92 deliveries for it.

Quinton de Kock (24) looked aggressive but was caught behind off Hazlewood, who also had Vernon Philander (4). By the dinner break, South Africa were placed at 165 for seven.

Du Plessis shared a vital 54-run stand with Kyle Abbott (17) to take South Africa past the 200-run mark.

Moments after Bird trapped Abbott LBW, du Plessis completed a century and decided to declare the innings at 259 for nine to have a bowl at Australian openers.

Khawaja (3 not out) and Henshaw (8 not out) ensured they saw through the 12 over remaining in the day without losing a wicket. At stumps, Australia were trailing South Africa by 245 runs with all 10 wickets in hand.

© Cricket World 2016

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Nov 242016
 
Uncapped Amanda Wellington, Tahlia McGrath included in Australia Women squad

by Manuj Sharma  Thursday 24 November 2016

Australia will be keen to complete a 5-0 series whitewash against South Africa

Australia will be keen to complete a 5-0 series whitewash against South Africa

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Uncapped pair of Amanda Wellington and Tahlia McGrath have been added to the Australian Women squad for the final two One-Day Internationals against South Africa Women.

Both players, who are part of the South Africa Women’s team had a decent outing for the Australia Governor-General’s XI in the practice game against South Africa where they picked two wickets each.

Wellington will take up the all-rounder slot in the squad while McGrath is known for expertise in leg spin.

National Selector Shawn Flegler was pleased with the duo’s inclusion in the Southern Stars squad and believe they have a bright future ahead of them.

“Amanda and Tahlia have both come through the Cricket Australia Female Pathway System and have improved each year.

“Amanda has always impressed with her leg spin and has worked hard on the other parts of her game.

“Tahlia has taken her game to another level this season and is developing into a very good all-round cricketer.

“We believe both of the girls have a big future and look forward to seeing them take their opportunities.”

Ellyse Perry, who had a phenomenal series with the bat, is suffering from a groin injury but is expected to be fit in time for the fourth game of the series. However, the team management is waiting on the fitness status of fast bowler Kristen Beams, who fractured her finger during the series.

Australia have already taken an unassailable lead of 3-0 in the five-match series.

Australia Women squad:

Meg Lanning (captain), Alex Blackwell, Kristen Beams, Nicole Bolton, Rene Farrell, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Amanda Wellington

© Cricket World 2016

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Nov 222016
 
Bhuvneshwar Kumar joins Indian squad for final three Tests against England

by Sandeep Shivam  Tuesday 22 November 2016

Bhuvneshwar Kumar joins Indian squad for final three Tests against England

Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked a five-wicket haul in his last Test for India

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Indian seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been added to the squad for the remaining three Tests against England after successfully recovering from a back strain.

Kumar, last played in the second Test against New Zealand in Kolkata where he picked a five-wicket haul in the first innings. It was also during the game, Kumar picked a back strain and upon recovery he was forced to prove his fitness in the domestic circuit.

The 26-year-old turned out for his Ranji Trophy team Uttar Pradesh in the clash against Mumbai and picked two wickets in the game.

Kumar joins the squad at the expense of Gautam Gambhir, who has been released to play for his state team Delhi.

Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan, who has returned to his state team Delhi following a recovery from a finger injury has not been considered for selection leaving Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay as the only specialist openers in the squad.

The remaining three Tests will be played in Mohali, Mumbai and Chennai between 26th November and 20th December with India having a lead of 1-0 in the series.

India squad for final three Tests:

Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya

© Cricket World 2016

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Nov 222016
 
West Indies Women complete T20I series whitewash over India

by Andrew Wood  Tuesday 22 November 2016

West Indies completed a 3-0 series whitewash

West Indies completed a 3-0 series whitewash

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West Indies Women 139-4 (Matthews 47) beat
India Women 124-3 (Kaur 60no) by 15 runs
Third Twenty20 International in Mulapadu

A disciplined bowling effort from West Indies Women saw off a spirited unbeaten knock of 60 from Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur as the visitors completed a 3-0 series whitewash by winning the third and final Twenty20 International in Mulapadu by 15 runs.

West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first. The openers Hayley Matthews (47) and Stafanie Taylor (44 not out) gave them a blistering start of 61 runs from just 6.4 overs.

Matthews scored at a strike-rate of over 200 while the rest of the batsmen struggled to cope up with the pace.

Poonam Yadav (2-25) provided India with the breakthrough having Matthews caught behind and there on India controlled the innings and restricted West Indies Women to 139 for four in their 20 overs despite Taylor staying unbeaten.

India got off to a worst possible start when Vellaswamy Vanitha (0) was run out off the very first ball while Smriti Mandhana (6) also fell early.

Meghna Singh (19) tried to inject momentum but perished to Matthews (1-28).

An unbeaten 92-run stand between Kaur (60 not out) and Veda Krishnamurthy (31 not out) helped India post a respectable total but they were always going to fall short of the target with the pace at which the runs came.

The 15-run win also helped West Indies end the tour on a high with a 3-0 series whitewash after losing the One-Day International series earlier.

© Cricket World 2016

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Nov 222016
 
Faf du Plessis found guilty of ball tampering - ICC

by Sandeep Shivam  Tuesday 22 November 2016

Faf du Plessis found guilty of ball tampering - ICC

Faf du Plessis will lead South Africa in Adelaide.

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South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been docked 100 percent of his match fees after he was found guilty of ball tampering in an independent hearing conducted by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Adelaide on Tuesday.

However, the 32-year-old escaped from a ban despite found guilty which means he is set to lead South Africa in the third and final Test of the series against Australia in Adelaide which is also a day-night encounter.

Last week, du Plessis was charged with breach of Law 42.3 which relates to ‘changing the condition of the ball’ after TV footage showed him applying saliva to the ball with a lolly in his mouth on more than one occasion.

Following a three-hour closed door hearing, ICC released a statement confirming that match referee Andy Pycroft found du Plessis guilty of the charges.

“The decision was based on the evidence given from the umpires, who confirmed that had they seen the incident they would have taken action immediately, and from Mr Stephenson (MCC head of cricket John Stephenson), who confirmed the view of MCC that the television footage showed an artificial substance being transferred to the ball,” an ICC statement said.

Apart from losing his match fees, du Plessis has also been sanctioned three demerit points which when reaches to four in a two-year period will be converted into suspension points leading to a ban.

© Cricket World 2016

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Nov 222016
 
Misbah-ul-Haq handed ban for slow over rate

by Andrew Wood  Tuesday 22 November 2016

Misbah-ul-Haq handed ban for slow over rate

Misbah ul Haq will miss the second Test against New Zealand in Hamilton

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The International Cricket Council has handed a one-match ban and also a fine of 40 percent of his match fee to Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq for slow over-rate in the recently concluded first Test against New Zealand in Christchurch.

The ban did not make much difference to Misbah as he was set to miss the second Test against New Zealand in Hamilton following the death of his father-in-law.

Pakistan’s limited overs captain Azhar Ali will be leading the team in the second Test in the absence of Misbah as confirmed by a statement from Pakistan Cricket Board.

Apart from skipper Misbah, the Pakistan players were also docked 20 percent of their match fee for the slow over-rate as they were found two overs short of the 103 overs they were supposed to bowl in Christchurch.

This was Misbah’s second such offence in 12 months after he was fined for a similar incident during the Test against England at The Oval.

Misbah’s absence might also present the 24-year-old Mohammad Rizwan an opportunity to make his debut for Pakistan in the longer format.

Pakistan face a must-win situation in Hamilton to save the series after they were thrashed by the Black Caps in the first Test by eight wickets.

© Cricket World 2016

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