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A partnership is a piece of cricket terminology which refers to the two batsmen at the wicket at the same time. Although only one batsman will be facing a delivery, the combined number of runs scored by the pair can be viewed as the score for a particular partnership.
The most common form of betting on a cricket partnership is making a bet on which team will score the most runs during the opening partnership. The opening partnership is made up of the first batsmen sent out to the wicket. In T20 or One Day International cricket, the score used for this bet will be the number of runs before the first wicket falls, whereas in Test Cricket it will be the number of runs scored before the first wicket in the first innings is taken.
Most bookmakers offer the option of betting on which team will score the most runs during an opening partnership. In the event of both teams scoring the same number of runs, this bet will usually be declared void, although it’s useful to check with the bookmaker if this is their policy.
The number of runs scored by an individual partnership can also offer possibilities for betting in play. After a wicket falls it is possible to place a bet on the number of runs to be scored before the next wicket falls, which is, in effect, a bet on the number of runs to be scored by the current partnership.