Buy England series ton ups @57
Make up = 34. Loss of 23 points
This bet could have gone better. It could have been a good deal worse.
The skies over Leeds were always going to be a problem and with the first day washed out this bet was in horrible shape.
What was really needed was an England batsman to make a so-called ‘daddy ton’ (150+) and, as such, whilst it was great to see Joe Root make his maiden Test century it was a frustration that he fell soon after.
With only 4 ‘ton up’ points from England’s first dig in the bag things were looking decidedly bleak when New Zealand fell short of the follow on target. If Cook had enforced, in all likelihood, NZ would have suffered an innings defeat or, if England did need to bat again it would only be to knock off a few.
Whilst Boycott and Botham chuntered about Cook’s conservative decision not to enforce, I was smiling. The captain decided on a bit of pre-Ashes batting practice and personally notched up 130 thus adding 30 points to the ton-ups market and reducing the loss.