Twenty20 Cricket

Twenty20 cricket otherwise simply known as T20, is a short format of the game in which both sides are limited to just 20 overs. It is relatively modern concept, having only really risen to prominence in the past 15 years or so but it has seen a rapid rise in popularity. Due to its shorter nature in comparison to test cricket, the games are often seen as more exciting as each of the teams are more likely to play a more attacking brand of cricket. The growth of T20 cricket has ensured that most nations now have their own team and the format's showpiece event sees the ICC T20 World Cup. However the format is also extremely popular in the domestic game, with a host of fixtures played during the summer months providing plenty of cricket betting opportunities. Keep up to date with all the latest T20 cricket free bets and tips right here at Monsterbet.co.uk.

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The Twenty20 season may be well over in this country but action in the Southern hemisphere continues to provide all the thrills and spills throughout the winter months. The Ram Slam T20 Challenge is the Premier competition in South Africa as six sides compete in a double round-robin and knockout format. This year's competition has been somewhat disrupted with South Africa's international test series in Australia, meaning a number of international players have been unavailable at different stages.

The latest fixture to take place in Port Elizabeth as the Warriors face the Knights. The home side currently sit second in the table and recorded a comprehensive six-wicket victory the Lions. The Knights have endured a poor start to the season so far with four defeats from their opening five games and as a result are rooted to the bottom of the division. The Warriors enter this match as favourites given the two sides respective form going in to the game but it's well worth keeping an eye on who wins the toss here. Six of the last nine sides to have batted first have emerged victorious in Port Elizabeth and if the Knights do end up at the crease first, they could certainly cause an upset.

Twenty20 Cricket Betting Markets

Much like in any cricket bet markets and every other team sport for that matter, betting on a team to emerge victorious is one of the most popular markets. Be it a clash in the NatWest T20 blast or a match as part of international series, you can pledge your allegiance by putting your money where your mouth is. This can also be escalated to a slightly grander scale if you're really fancying a certain teams chances as you can bet on the outright tournament winner. Be it the ICC World Cup or a domestic competition, if you've got a feeling that one team is going to go all the way then this your chance to make some money from it. Many of the T20 markets are available in other forms of the game but there is a huge range of options to use your Twenty20 free bet on including:

  • Match Winner
  • Tournament Winner
  • Series Winner
  • Top Bowler
  • Top Batsman
  • Total Wides
  • Total 4's
  • Total 6's
  • And many more

In-play betting is also hugely popular in cricket and in particularly in T20. In-play markets include:

  • Next player out
  • Next wicket method
  • Fall of next wicket

History of Twenty20 Cricket

For many years the ECB's Benson and Hedges Cup was its premier limited over tournament. After that competition was eventually disbanded in 2002, the cricketing authorities sought to replace it with another similar concept. They had hoped to boost the game amongst younger audiences due to the fall in crowds and devised the idea of a game of just 20 overs that would promote attacking cricket in order to appeal to audiences that were not fans of the longer form of the game. The Twenty20 format was not actually a new concept but the idea of it being played on a professional level had never previously come to fruition. Then in 2001, Stuart Robertson, a marketing manager with the EBC put forwards the suggestion to the chairmen of the county clubs. The proposition was passed after they voted in favour by 11 votes to 7.

This lead to the creation of the Twenty20 Cup, a competition that saw a greater commercialision of the game. Far detatched from the traditions of Lord's and test cricket, this was an all singing all dancing affair, with pop acts performing after games, entertainment for children attending and prizes for catching the ball. The first ever game was contested between the Hampshire Hawks and the Sussex Sharks at the Rosebowl on the 13th June 2003.

From the popularity of that event, the T20 format has seen it grow in to somewhat of a global phenomenon. Many of the leading cricket nations now all have their own league competitions whilst 2005 saw the first T20 international between Australia and New Zealand. Twenty20 cricket has also become hugely popular in the international game with the ICC T20 World Cup now taking place every two years, with exception in the years there is an ICC Cricket World Cup taking place.