Ashes Betting with Sportingbet Australia

Ahead of the upcoming Ashes series in Australia, I am pleased to announce to all our readers from down under that cricket betting blog has teamed up with Australian betting giant Sportingbet, to ensure that Australians can back England to win the Ashes again.

Along with our Northern Hemisphere betting partners, William Hill (£25 Free Bet available), who cover the UK and European betting markets, this now means that cricket betting blog can cater for punters betting in Australasia as well, giving value to more of our visitors from around the world.

Sportingbet is offering a free bet up to the value of $200 for new customers from Australia and New Zealand. To ensure you get the maximum $200 free bet, you will need to deposit $200, and then place $200 on your first bet.

It is basically a 100% match up, if you feel $200 is too much, you can make your fist bet $50, and receive a free bet for $50. All bets have to be placed in Australian Dollars, and this promotion is not open to residents of South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria. Any winnings from the free bet have to be turned over once before they can be withdrawn.  

As well as a tasty free bet, Sportingbet also offer regular Promotions. In October they ran a 0-0 bore draw special on Australian A-League football matches, where you got your money back on the outright winner market if a match ended 0-0.

They also have a running promotion on horse racing called the ‘Protest Pay Up.’ If your horse is first across the line only to be beaten in a protest, Sportingbet will pay you up as a winner – this is available on all Australian thoroughbred and harness races.

Getting back to cricket, and Sportingbet currently have England as 2.00 (even money) to win the Ashes outright. They go 2.50 (6/4) on a miracle, sorry I mean Australia winning the Ashes, and 6 (5/1) on a drawn series.

If you wish to open a Sportingbet account, you can do so by clicking here…..

Ashes Betting, 5th Test, Day 3

The draw is now the odds on favourite with the bookmakers. Rain is expected later in the Test match, so even given the fact that the pitch is expected to break up, cricket betting punters don’t see enough time for a result to be forced.
The latest cricket betting odds for the 5th Test at the start of Day 3, sees The Draw as 1/3 favourite, Australia 3/1, and England are 10/1.
That could all change with a couple of early English wickets. But come the end of today’s play, I expect the draw price should shorten further, given rain is forecast for tomorrow. So be careful if trading cricket on Betfair, or on any betting exchanges for that matter.
Day 2 was another winning day for the Australians, another day deposited in the ‘positives’ bank, another centurion in the batting line up, and more credit for Darren Lehmann.

Lehmann seems to be landing on his feet here. Even if Australia don’t force the win in this Test match, Lehmann could be all of a sudden going home to Australia on the back of some decent positives. All good for his reputation. There’s nothing better than finishing a tour on a high note (when it come to covering up cracks, that is).
On top of that he also now appears to going on the attack in a big way, ramping things up by calling Stuart Broad a cheat, snidely complaining about England’s over rate on Twitter, etc. The cynic in me suggests this is a Lehmann publicity stunt before he arrives back in Australia on the back of a good hammering (in the scoreline anyway).
I also think Lehmann’s radio interview was a bit out of order. Not the ‘send Broad home crying’ lines, etc, that’s fine by me, I have no problem with him ramping/hyping things up. 
Calling fellow pros a cheat isn’t on though, especially when you advocate not walking in the same interview – and were no different yourself when you played. This is where I have a problem with things. Lehmann basically said, it’s only cheating if you edge it to first slip. What a load of bollocks! 
This isn’t an anti Australian rant, and it’s not just Lehmann who has annoyed me. England are far from perfect, I wished Broad had walked too, I also am appalled at the way England players have started surrounding the umpires and contesting decisions on a regular basis, it’s happening way to often for my liking these days. And it has to stop. 

Ashes Betting, 5th Test, Day 2 Betting Preview

Well, if I was surprised by Australia’s team announcement on Wednesday, it’s fair to say I was absolutely stunned by England’s yesterday, as I did not see that coming in any shape or form.

It totally wrecked the betting yesterday as it was impossible to back England with any confidence, and it showed just why England had been drifting most of the morning.

If anyone doesn’t believe that some people are in the know about these things long before us mere mortals, then just look at England’s odds yesterday – prior to the team announcement.

Anyway, the cricket betting odds at the start of day 2 sees The Draw at Evens, Australia at 6/4 and England at 9/2.

It’s really all stacked up against England now, unless they can bowl Australia out in around a session today, the game is gone. Not only have England got to bat fourth on this wicket, they are effectively down to 3 bowlers – they have been since before lunch on Day 1.

Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann bowled England right back into the match after lunch yesterday. The session of cricket was proper Test cricket, and at one stage Australia were really straining under the pressure built.

Fair play to Shane Watson, he held firm and he held the Aussie batting together. I’m not convinced he is a long term number 3, but if he carries on like that, there will be no argument.

I had to laugh when I listened to Watson’s interview after the end of play. When he was asked about getting his (DRS) review right for once, he rather foolishly (in my view) declared that he thought it was an umpires call, so his ‘out’ decision would have been upheld.

So Watson effectively said that he thought the review wouldn’t be overturned, and that the Aussie team would have lost a review, showing that some things don’t really – or probably never will – change!

With England, and although it’s easy to hammer them for their team selection, at least they were prepared to experiment. I wish they hadn’t, but we can’t have it both ways. I suppose the best way to look at it from now on is, I won’t criticise them in future for being too rigid.

Despite the criticism Chris Woakes has received, I think he was picked more for his batting than his bowling, so he has a second chance to put things right – although he certainly didn’t do himself any favours with his bowling yesterday.

While the only real consolation for Simon Kerrigan is that today surely can’t be any worse than yesterday. I think Monty can safely piss on the heads of as many nightclub doormen as he wants from now until the announcement of the Ashes squad, and still be a safe pick.

On a serious note, others haven’t always been dropped when they have got into trouble. So if Monty gets his head down from now until the end of the season, I see no reason why he shouldn’t be recalled for the Ashes tour.

Using a tweet I seen last night to finish with, it read Kerrigan can still save his reputation with a well made 98 batting at No.11 #Ashes – source was the excellent @RichieBenaud_ 

Betfair Cricket Trading – Some Confidence Restored

Going into the 4th Test my confidence was a bit shot. I had made a mess of the 3rd Test by throwing away a winning position on the evening of the 3rd day, by staying in my trade and hoping for a bigger win. As has happened in the past, this can influence decisions when I next have a bet.

To start with, I do believe my performance in the 3rd Test did initially influence my decisions in the 4th Test. In the end though, I managed to put it all out of my head. I actually think I eventually did a good job of isolating my cricket trading down to just this (4th) Test match.

On Monday morning, I was happy to sit on my 5% green. That was until seeing Australia trading down at sub 1.25 in their run chase.

In isolation I thought that was worth a lay. I wasn’t convinced the lay bet would come off, but I was happy that it was a value lay. This is where I managed to put what happened in the 3rd Test out of my head and place my lay, accepting it could lose, but understanding that it represented good value. And if it did lose, I shouldn’t be too hard on myself.

If the truth be told, I didn’t expect Australia to lose the match in a session, and I had traded out long before their batting collapse. I suspected England might win, but it was never my intention to let my lay bet run, just in case they didn’t.

I placed it with a view to Australia losing two to three quick wickets and being at around 200/4 or 5, I then thought I could either trade out for at worst scratch, or a nice win. As it turned out, I got out for a nice win on the loss of Michael Clarke’s wicket.

I then left about 5% (of my betting bank) green on Australia, 30% on England, and I had a very large percentage green on the draw (which wasn’t worth laying at the high odds).

Despite the win, I still have a bit of a long term doubt in my mind though. Was my lay of Australia too risky? I know the result suggests not, but for a period of time after lunch it actually looked like my faith in England was misplaced. And realistically, the bet should have lost.

Was it a trade I placed, or was it a bet? And if it was a bet, was it a value one?

Should I have just sat on the 5% profit I had made trading the previous night?

These are decisions I need to make. Do I look for riskier big wins, or do I play safe and look to take around 5% a Test match, with minimum risk to my betting bank?

I don’t think I can continue to do a mixture of the two, I believe I need to decide one way or the other. I need to formulate a betting/trading process in my mind, and work on it until I am happy it is as good as I can get it (or maybe even perfect it).

I can’t continue losing big like I did on the 3rd Test, and wiping out 2 to 3 Test matches worth of winnings.