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Bookies hail best day of Cricket World Cup so far

| 05.03.2011

SOUTH AFRICA’s surprise defeat to England in the World Cup helped Ladbrokes enjoy their most lucrative day of the Cricket World Cup so far.

With India stuttering to victory over a spirited Irish side, the in-play markets went the way of the bookies.

England’s six-run defeat of South Africa was desperate news for the majority of punters who had deserted Andrew Strauss’s men before play and during the match.

David Williams of Ladbrokes said: “England are fast becoming a notorious banana-skin team for punters. Abysmal against Ireland then inspired to beat the South Africans, we’re having a lot of fun with them.”

Ireland are out to 7/1 to qualify for the latter stages of the tournament after going down to the 11/4 tournament favourites India. England are into 7/1 to lift the trophy next month.

Ladbrokes – Cricket World Cup:
11/4 India
4/1 South Africa
9/2 Australia
5/1 Sri Lanka
7/1 Pakistan
7/1 England
16/1 West Indies
20/1 New Zealand
100/1 Bangladesh
250/1 Zimbabwe
250/1 Ireland

Ireland….. 7/1 yes…. 1-16 no

England 1/33 yes….. 9/1 no



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.