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:
4/1 South Africa
5/1 Sri Lanka
16/1 West Indies
20/1 New Zealand
Ireland….. 7/1 yes…. 1-16 no
England 1/33 yes….. 9/1 no