Cricket Betting: 7 Alternative Markets to Consider
7 Alternative Cricket Betting Markets You Should Consider
A flutter is often the perfect way to ramp up the excitement you experience when watching a cricket match unfold. You may well be familiar with classic betting options like winner, top run scorer and most wickets, but you can actually choose from a much wider array of intriguing markets. These are seven alternative cricket betting markets to consider:
Match Supremacy Index
This popular cricket spread betting market allows you to predict which team will win a match and the margin of the victory. If you opt for a simple fixed-odds bet on a team to win a match, you know exactly how much you stand to win or lose. The Match Supremacy Index is exciting because the possibilities are virtually endless.
Our traders will start by assessing the relative strengths and weaknesses of each team. The supposedly stronger team will then be given a supremacy index over their opponents. For example, England might be assigned a 7-15 supremacy index over New Zealand in a T20 clash. You can then choose to buy at 15 if you think they will secure a handsome victory, or sell at 7 if you think they will struggle. The winning team will be awarded a point for each run they win by, or 10 points for each wicket they win by.
If you buy at 15 for £10 and England win by 23 runs, you will earn a profit of £80. That is because 23 is 8 greater than the price you bought at, and that figure is multiplied by your stake to calculate your profit. If England were to win by three wickets, they would be assigned 40 points, and you would earn £250 (40 – 15 = 15 and 25 x £10 = £250). However, if England were to win by just 10 runs, you would lose £50, and if New Zealand won the game then buyers losses would be even greater.
Highest Opening Partnership
This is a prediction on which team will enjoy the highest opening partnership in a cricket match. It allows you to analyse the strengths of each team’s openers and decide who will remain at the crease longest and rack up the most runs before the first wicket falls. You might find odds of 10/11 on the Karachi Kings having the highest opening partnership when they face the Multan Sultans in a Pakistan Super League match.
If you think they have stronger openers than the Sultans, you could bet on them having the highest opening partnership. This is a fixed odds bet, so if you stake £100 on the Kings and your prediction proves correct, you will make a £91 profit. If your prediction is incorrect, you lose your stake. It allows you to examine how dangerous the bowlers are as well as the opening batsmen, and you do not need to predict who will go on to win the match, so this is a popular cricket odds market.
Fall of Next Wicket
You can boost the thrill of watching a cricket match by betting in-play on the action while it unfolds. Many punters love predicting when the next wicket will fall and our traders are happy to oblige with constantly updated markets. If England are 90-3 on a seaming pitch, we might predict that the next wicket might fall between 132-136. You can then choose to sell at 132 if you think the next wicket will fall sooner than that, or buy at 136 if you believe the next wicket will not fall before England go past that score.
If you sell at 132 and England are on 102 by the time the next wicket falls, you will earn 30 times your stake, as 102 is 30 below the price you sold at. If you had staked £5, you would be in for a £150 profit. However, if the next wicket did not fall until England were on 143, sellers would lose £55, as the result would be 11 above the price you sold at, and that figure is multiplied by your stake to calculate your total loss.
First Over Totals
Many fans love the languid, labyrinthine nature of Test cricket. A match can develop into an absorbing five-day tactical battle, keeping fans gripped throughout proceedings. However, some punters may do not have the patience to sit through an entire Test, or indeed an entire limited-overs contest. If you like fast-paced betting, you might like to check out First Over Totals betting.
You might find odds of 10/11 on over 6.5 runs and 10/11 on under 6.5 runs in India’s first over when they face Australia in an ODI. If you think the Aussies will score 7 or more runs, you can bet on over 6.5. If you think they will make a sluggish start, bet on under 6.5 runs. You can also bet on whether the number of runs scored in the first over will be odd or even.
This is a really exciting cricket spread betting market. To calculate the result, we add up the number of sixes scored in a particular match and then square it. For example, England and South Africa hit 28 sixes between them in a T20 showdown at Centurion in February 2020, and 28 squared is 784. Before the match, our traders pitched this market at 225-255, and the result was actually 529 higher than the price that punters could have bought at.
Method of Next Dismissal
This is another popular in-play cricket betting option. You will find odds on the various different methods, such as caught, bowled, LBW and others, and you can then make a prediction on how the next wicket will fall. A number of punters appreciate the opportunity to analyse how the wicket is playing in real time before making a selection.
It allows you to gauge how the ball is bouncing off the seam, whether the batsmen look overconfident, how well the bowlers are playing, and so on. If two of the last three dismissals were the result of an edge to the wicketkeeper, punters might bet on “caught”, for example. You can also assess the situation in the match. If a team is chasing a narrow victory towards the end of a match, you might decide to go for caught. If the batsmen are trying to protect the wicket to see out a draw, you might go for bowled/LBW.
Total Runs in Series
This market allows you to make a prediction on the number of runs a particular player will score over the course of a series. We might predict that Ben Stokes will score 200-210 runs in a three-Test series against Pakistan. If you think he will display heroics with the bat, you can buy at 210. If you believe he will struggle against intense Pakistani bowling, sell at 200.
If you were to buy at 210 and he ended up scoring 48, 62, 12, 70, 11 and 122, you would end up making a significant profit. His total runs would work out at 325, which is 115 higher than the price you bought at, earning you 115 times your stake in profit. However, if he flopped, you could be in line for a significant loss. If you sell at 200, you will hope that he flops, as that would land you a profit, but you know that you will incur a loss if he has a great series.
You can alternatively bet on series wickets for bowlers, and there are player performance spread betting markets for all-rounders like Stokes.