Saturday, September 23, 2006

William Hill make the West Indies 2-1 rank outsiders to life the DLF Cup tomorrow. Both sides have now named their final 11 and 2-1 is looking like good value.
Australia have dropped in-form Matthew Hayden and reverted to opening up with all-rounder Shane Watson, who is a massive 15-2 to top score and will be partnered by Simon Katich. Most of the Aussie batsmen have not spent enough time at the crease to be considered in-form and the game should be more evenly matched than the bookies suggest.
West Indies skipper Brian Lara will revert to batting at number 4 and is 4-1 to top score for his side. The Windies have chosen a side that bats deep and will be relying on Gayle, Smith and Bravo to bowl a full allotment of 10 overs.
In terms of betting then, perhaps have a decent sized gamble on the Windies to win the game, Chris Gayle and Lara have both showed form and there is lots of batting talent in their line-up. There is no sense in backing Ponting's men at 4-11.
For those who fancy a smaller punt on top scorer, 15/2 on Watson is good value as he will be opening up, but 6-1 on fellow all-rounder Andrew Symonds might be a better bet. For the men from the Caribbean, take the 4-1 on in-form skipper Brian Lara. He has been scoring freely in the tournament and is more than capable of taking the attack to left-armer Nathan Bracken and the slower bowling of Symonds and Hogg.
The Windies batsmen will need to watch out for youngsters Watson and Bracken however, both will be looking to impress the selectors tomorrow, there is big competition for places in the 2007 World Cup squad and, of course, for the Ashes.

3 Comments:

Blogger Philipa said...

Just popped by to say hi as I know f----all about cricket (well you have to admit, I tried to learn)

Don't buff yer balls too fast on the field.

1:47 PM  
Blogger Steven_L said...

Cricket is a fantastic sport, that unites the British Empire in gentlemanly conduct and idle discussion about the weather.

You really should start taking an interest - in November we play the kangeroo-shagging convicts down-under.

6:54 AM  
Blogger Philipa said...

I've done my bit - what more of a commitment to the sport than going on a date with a member of the English cricket team AND showing interest in the test match (see it wasn't his fault I went, I really wanted to understand the game, still don't know - it's a Man thing, women should make sandwiches, tea and look pretty if possible)

By the way Steven old chap, I want to include a story on my blog (fortean times) and wonder if you knew if one could include a long article on a seperate page then refer to it thus keeping the post short? Pop by and do tell if you know.

Oh hell just pop by anyway, always a pleasure :-)

11:34 AM  

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