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The runs in the next over market is one of the popular ‘rapid fire’ bets available on all forms of cricket. As test match, one day and Twenty20 matches all use the same six balls to an over, bettors are able to attempt to predict how many runs will be scored.
Given the different styles of cricket though, depending on the format, the predictions will differ quite considerably. A test match over – especially at the beginning of an innings – may not produce many runs at all, whereas a Twenty20 over could end up over 20 quite easily.
Usually the bet will take the form of an over/under bet although some bookmakers may also have an odd/even market when it comes the number of runs. Extras such as no balls scored within the over are usually counted but penalty runs awarded for slow over rate are not.
Sir Garfield Sobers batted probably the most famous over in cricket history. In 1968 the West Indian legend was playing for Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan in Swansea when he scored six sixes in one over – becoming the first player in first class cricket to do so.
Andrew Flintoff had a great chance to beat that record playing for Lancashire in 1998 when he faced two extra balls thanks to two no balls. The all-rounder eventually scored 34 in the over, as the last ball produced no runs at all.