Betting on Cricket

Domestic One Day Cricket

NATIONAL LEAGUE

The main one-day competition is the Totesport League with teams split into two divisions of nine and ten with the bottom three relegated into Division Two and the top three promoted.

Often sides that come up from Division Two do well in the top flight. Surrey and Gloucestershire were first and second in 2003 after finishing second and first respectively in the lower rung in 2002.

Essex came third in Division Two the same year and repeated the trick in the higher echelon. Warwickshire finished third in Division One in 2001 after being promoted in third spot. Get checking those tables.

There is little evidence of home advantage being a factor. In 2003 games were split pretty much 50-50 between hosts and visitors.

TWENTY20 CUP

Format 20-overs-a-side slog fest. Three regional groups with top two and two best losers advancing to quarter-finals. Semi-finals and final played on same day at same ground.

When Starts July, ends early August.

Punting pros Early indications show group games are dominated by home teams. Backing the hosts in 2003 to £10 level stake yielded more than £140 profit.

Cons Tough to predict with some counties taking it more seriously than others and shorter format gives the better teams less time to impose superiority.

C&G TROPHY

Format The one-day knock-out tournament and FA Cup of cricket with the county sides playing minnows in round three.

When Starts in May, final at Lord's late August or early September.

Punting pros If you can identify the strong one-day sides it is possible to work out the teams which will make the quarter-finals as the draw is projected.

Cons England players return to their counties, rendering form book irrelevant.