The Clydesdale Bank 40 (CB40) is a forty-over limited overs cricket competition for first-class English counties.
The competition was previously known as the ECB40 (ECB stands for the England and Wales Cricket Board).
The Clydesdale Bank 40 began in the 2010 English cricket season, replacing the Pro40 and Friends Provident Trophy competitions.
Warwickshire won the inaugural CB40 tournament after beating Somerset in the final. Meanwhile, the Surrey Lions won over Somerset in the 2011 Clydesdale 40 Final.
A total on 21 teams compete in the Clydesdale Bank 40 - one team each from the eighteen first-class counties, one team each from Scotland and the Netherlands, and a team composed of players who do not have first-class contracts (known as the Unicorns).
The competition consists of three groups of seven teams, from which the top team from each group, and the best second-placed team out of all three groups, progress to the semi-finals. The groups are allocated randomly.
There are generally three ways to bet on the Clydesdale Bank 40, these are:
Outright Clydesdale Bank 40 Winner - a bet on which team will win the competition.
Clydesdale Bank 40 Fixtures - a bet on the winner of individual CB40 matches (e.g. bet on the winner of the match between the Derbyshire Falcons and the Durham Dynamos or the Essex Eagles and the Glamorgan Dragons).
Clydesdale Bank 40 Specials - also called props or propositions, Specials are bets on the outcome of a special event during Clydesdale Bank 40 fixtures, for example: like who would be declared as the top batsman and bowler of a particular match; a bet on the correct score of the match; a bet on which team will win the toss and many others.
In a bet on the outright Clydesdale Bank 40 winner, sports betting sites list all of the 21 competing teams and their corresponding odds, like the following:
|Outright Clydesdale Bank 40 Winner|
All you have to do is to choose which team will be the Clydesdale Bank 40 Final winner.
For example, you think that the inaugural Clydesdale Bank 40 winner Somerset will win this year's tournament again. You placed a €20.00 bet on Somerset. At odds of 15/2, if Somerset wins the Clydesdale Bank 40 Final, your €20.00 bet will win €150.00 for a total return of €170.00 (your original bet plus your winnings).
If you bet €20.00 on the Derbyshire Falcons, and the Derbyshire Falcons wins the CB40 Final, at odds of 4/1, you get your €20.00 original bet plus €80.00 winnings for a total return of €100.00.
Meanwhile, betting sites also offer bets on individual Clydesdale Bank 40 matches. All you have to do is weigh the chance of each team beating the other and pick which one has the higher probability of winning.
Sports betting sites list a Clydesdale Bank 40 matchup as:
|Derbyshire Falcons 8/15|
|Scottish Saltires 3/1|
Let's say you made a €20.00 bet for the Derbyshire Falcons to win over the Scottish Saltires. At odds of 8/15, if Derbyshire wins the match, your €20.00 bet will win €10.66 for a total return of €30.66 (your original bet plus your winnings).
On the other hand, if you bet €20.00 on the Scottish Saltires, and they win over the Derbyshire, at odds of 3/1, you'll get a return of €80.00 (€20.00 original bet plus €60.00 winnings).Meanwhile, betting sites also offer Specials (props or proposition) bets for Clydesdale Bank 40 matches. These propositions include betting on player performances like the top batsman and bowler for each team, the man of the match and many others. Props also include the winner of the toss.
The Clydesdale Bank 40 can be a goldmine for new and seasoned sports bettors. The secret to winning your CB40 bets is to thoroughly research all the competing teams and every participating player. You should coolly and objectively consider all the factors of a CB40 bet and not solely rely on impulse or trends.
More importantly, you should have a steady, closely controlled and continuing approach to betting on the Clydesdale Bank 40.
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