Fancy a flutter on the cricket but not quite sure where to start?
Fear not, our guide to the best cricket betting websites will have you up on your feet before the batsman’s got to the crease. Find the sites with the most markets and the best free bets and bonuses to get you started.
Here are five of our favourite cricket betting websites and why we think they’re worth checking out.
Top 4 Cricket betting sites
Top rated for 2019 – Bet Victor
Bet Victor is best known for its high-value football markets so could represent a great option if you’re looking to mix both cricket and football betting.
That’s not to say there isn’t great value to be had here on cricket, with a great number of markets across a range of different event and leagues all at competitive prices.
This includes major competitions like the Indian Premier League, where you can get odds on a whole range of outcomes, from team feats to individual player performances.
There’s also an intriguing in play betting option at Bet Victor with a raft of statistics at your fingertips to help you make your all important choices once the toss has been won – Bet Victor was actually among the first bookies to offer live, in-play betting on cricket.
As an additional bonus, new customers can currently get a £30 free bet* when they open a Bet Victor account, and this can be used right across their sports markets including cricket.
New Customers only. Deposit and place a £5 qualifying bet at odds of 2.00 or greater within 7 days of opening a new account; excludes cashed out bets. Receive 2x £10 Free Sports Bets, valid on set events only (1 at odds 2.00 or greater), expires in 7 days, plus a £10 Casino Bonus, expires in 7 days. Wager the Casino Bonus 40x to withdraw winnings. Credit or Debit card only. Geographical Restrictions. T&Cs Apply,
No 2 – Betfair
Betfair is the world’s biggest betting exchange and as you would expect from a site with such a big reputation there are plenty of cricket markets to get stuck into right from sign up.
This includes a vast array of in play markets which is where you will find much of the action happens across Betfair’s extensive portfolio.
And you won’t be stuck on where to place them with all the main events covered, and some smaller ones as well, with a wide range of markets within each event.
Because Betfair’s a betting exchange you also get the additional dynamic of being able to lay your bet – basically putting yourself in the bookie’s shoes and predicting that something won’t happen.
This makes for an enticing option and presents Betfair as a different proposition for both casual and experienced bettors alike.
*New customer offer. Place 5 x €10 or more bets to receive €20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum €100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Exchange bets excluded. T&Cs apply.
Betfair also have a great amount of preview and analysis in their subsite betting.betfair.com and this is worth a view. Its packed with in depth look at the betting markets for cricket and other sports too.
No 3 – Paddy Power Cricket Betting
Paddy Power currently offers one of the most complete cricket betting offerings to be found on the web.
Alongside live streaming and perhaps the most in depth set of markets of any UK bookie – you can typically find up to 40 for an individual match – the site also has some of the best cricket-specific money back specials available.
The Irish bookmaker are currently offering you your money back if your side score 170 runs or more, but these frequently change so it’s always worth checking in to see what they’re offering. Coupled with its attractive list of markets, this make Paddy Power an enticing option for your cricket betting.
There’s also currently £20 available in risk free bets for new customers.
*Risk Free 20: New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is €20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion.
No 4 – Coral Cricket Betting
Coral are one of the oldest names on the UK betting scene and their cricket offering certainly lives up to the firm’s grand old reputation.
There are a vast array of markets to get stuck into here, with all the major events covered. There are also a few more minor events to get stuck into if you want to delve beyond the popular markets.
One of the great things about Coral is that it has one of the most in depth live options for cricket of any site in the UK with a whole range of facts and figures at your fingertips to help you make an informed choice about where you should stake your money.
To help get you started Coral are currently offering £20 in free bets when you bet £5, giving you plenty of opportunity to sample the wide array of bets on offer from one of UK betting’s household names.
Guide to betting on cricket
Cricket betting markets on the short game
- Match-winner – Win or draw or win at full time
- 1st wicket method – How will the first wicket of the game be taken – Caught, Bowled. LBW, Stumped, Run Out, Other.
- A fifty in the match – Yes or No
- A hundred in the match – Yes or no
- Over/under scores – Set at different levels for each game at .5, pick if you think the innings or the match will go over this score or stay under. For example, over 170.5 market, 171 or above is over, 170 or under is under.
- Team to win the toss – Bizarre cricket betting market that for us is pointless to bet on.
- Highest opening partnership – A great one to bet on the IPL, which teams opening 2 will score the most before the first wicket?
- Match sixes – Which team will hit the most 6s, or will it be a tie?
- Man of the Match – Who will be awarded the man of the match – Where one is awarded (Usually IPL, one day and tests)
- Top Bowler – Whish bowler will take the most wickets
- Top batsman – Who will be the highest scoring batsman
- Most run out betting – Who will get the highest number of run outs in a game – This market is only available on shorter versions of the game such as 20:20 rather than test matches.
- Fall of 1st wicket over or under – Will the first wicket fall before a set number of runs for the opening partnership. In the IPL we’d say this is one of the best value markets in cricket betting.
- Over under wides – How many wides will be bowled.
Here’s how they look
Cricket betting markets for the long game
The longer test game opens up different markets than the simple match game. Here are some of the ones available currently –
- Top runscorer – This is for the 3 or 5 match series
- Top bowler – Again this is for the series
- Correct score – What will the final score across the series be
Formats of the game
Of course before you get started its important to get to grips with the different opportunities presented by the varying formats of the game; test matches, one day events and Twenty20.
Each of these will require subtle differences between betting styles, with the fast nature of Twenty20 varying wildly from that of test match cricket, which takes place over a number of days.
Of course individual players, and even teams, will favour certain formats of the game so it is worth studying the form book specifically relating to your format before you place your wager.
And with test cricket often being seen as the most prestigious form of the game, this is most likely where you’ll see specials – especially surrounding large events such as the Ashes.
As mentioned earlier, cricket is played the year round but you’re best off making a note of some of the bigger events on the calendar which are more likely to feature promotions and special odds to entice punters.
The Ashes is undoubtedly the biggest event in cricket, taking international teams from Australia and England and pitting them against each other for one of the most prestigious prizes in sport. It was once dominated by the Aussies, but recent encounters have been much more evenly matched.
The ICC World Cup and ICC World Twenty20 also attract punters in their droves as the stand out international events for each format. The World Twenty20 was held in India earlier this year and interest was high, particularly as England managed to make it through to the final before being defeated by the hosts.
Finally you’ll likely want to keep an eye on the Indian Premier League, which essentially acts as the NFL of the cricketing world.
India is where all the world’s top players are currently stationed and as a result most bookies offer a wealth of markets, including in play options, from each match. You can check the latest cricket figures on the BBC cricket website here!