Late night ashes bets

As Australia and England battle it out for the Ashes down under, thousands of Britons are making late night bets, despite the 10 hour time difference.

Betting companies have been inundated with bets in the middle of the night, with Sporting Index, one of the largest spread betting companies in the U.K, having to increase early morning staff numbers. They expect to take over 100,000 bets on the Ashes, worth around £7.5 million.

A spokesman for Sporting Index said: "The one thing that our customers have in common is they'll be spending the next four weeks getting up in the middle of the night and sneaking downstairs to make a phone call.”

One of Sporting Index’s most popular markets is the prediction of how many runs a batsman will score or how many wickets a bowler will take. Sporting Index make their prediction and punters bet on whether they believe the actual number will be higher or lower.

One lucky punter won £26,800 from a £200 bet after he predicted that Australian captain, Ricky Ponting, would score more than 62 in the first innings of the first test match in Brisbane. Ponting eventually went on to score 196.

The spokesman added: "What we win or lose depends on how right or wrong we are and what stake we've elected to bet with. So, while the majority of us sleep, thousands are being won and lost on an event 10,000 miles away”.

Editor, - 2006-12-04 11:59:43

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