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England vs West Indies – Strauss’ men to keep hopes alive

| 16.03.2011

England have to beat the West Indies in their final Group B match to have any chance of reaching the quarter finals of the Cricket World Cup and this knowledge can spur them on to a needed victory.

Match Odds

No team at the tournament has come anywhere close to matching the inconsistency of England thus far, playing fairly well to beat South Africa and draw with India, but then being truly awful to lose to unfancied Ireland and Bangladesh.

These defeats have left England in a precarious position and they are 8/13 in the Cricket World Cup betting to finally put their best foot forward and beat the West Indies.

This win would be enough to secure their spot in the last eight, as long as either the West Indies or Bangladesh lose their final group games against India and South Africa respectively.

England will take some confidence from the fact that the Chennai pitch was the scene for their win over South Africa and yet again the quality of bowling could be the defining factor.

The West Indies are 5/4 to beat England and may be able to take advantage of any nerves present in the ranks of Andrew Strauss’ men.

Bowler bets

If England can get to grips with the skiddy bowling of Kemar Roach and the slow deliveries of Sulieman Benn, then they have a fine chance of gaining the win they need.

Benn has already taken 12 wickets in three games and is 4/7 to take at least another two against England, while it is 2/3 that Roach claims the scalps of a minimum of two England batsmen.

England will also be hoping that Eoin Morgan builds on his strong innings against Bangladesh and he seems good value at 5/6 to make it past 27 runs.

A £25 stake on Morgan being named man of the match against the West Indies would return £400. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.

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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.