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2017 Matador Cup betting

Established in 2014, the Matador BBQs One Day Cup has breathed new life into domestic limited-overs cricket in Australia. It also serves as a great early sighter for punters ahead of the summer’s international series.

This is our complete betting guide for the 2017 Matador Cup, which starts October 1 and will be televised live and free-to-air on the Nine Network. Check out the full list of team squads and match fixtures, find out which players are poised for a big tournament and get the top outright odds from Australia’s best online bookmakers.

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About the Matador One Day Cup

The Matador Cup was launched in 2014 in an attempt to revive Australia’s flagging domestic 50-over cricket tournament. The revamped format features some significant changes from the old one-day competition, including the length of the season, the fixture structure, the selection of host venues and the number of teams involved.

Once a summer-long affair lasting from September until February, the comp is now played over the space of three weeks in October – a change made possible by the switch from a full home-and-away league phase to a round robin where each team plays each other only once. This condensed system has allowed for the introduction of an elimination final between the second- and third-placed teams, where previously the top two finishers went straight through to the title decider.

Just as the season has been reduced, so too have the squads. Whereas the state sides were once able to choose from their entire list of contracted players, now they are limited to 14 players each for the duration of the comp. This rule has also led to the creation of a seventh team – the Cricket Australia XI, which consists of the finest under-23 talent unable to get a guernsey for their states.

The 2015 Matador Cup was played entirely in Sydney, traversing suburban venues such as Bankstown Oval, Blacktown Olympic Park, Drummoyne Oval, Hurstville Oval and North Sydney Oval. This year, eight of the first 10 fixtures will be shared between Brisbane (Allan Border Field) and Perth (WACA) before the tourney returns to New South Wales for the home stretch.

Matador Cup outright betting odds

Despite romping almost unchallenged to the 2015-16 Matador Cup title, New South Wales will not start as outright favourites for this year’s event.

That honour instead goes to Western Australia ($3.25 at Sportsbet), whose blend of top-line experience and young talent will be hard to match.

They edge out the Blues at $3.50, while Victoria hold the third line of betting at $4.50.

Queensland ($7) and Tasmania ($9) round out the top five, leaving South Australia – surprisingly among the worst hit by international call-ups – on $13 as the only state team outside single figures.

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Western Australia – $3.25

New South Wales – $3.50

Victoria – $4.50

Queensland – $7

Tasmania – $9

South Australia – $13

Cricket Australia XI – $51

Players to watch

Ben Cutting – Much will be expected of Queensland’s big-hitting allrounder after his exploits in India earlier this year. Part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad side that claimed its maiden IPL Twenty20 title, Cutting was pivotal with bat and ball alike as he capped off a breakthrough season with a man-of-the-match performance in the final. More of the same would make him a handy outsider for player of the tournament honours.

Nic Maddinson NSW Blues
Young opener Nic Maddinson was among NSW’s best in 2015.

Nic Maddinson – On his day, Maddinson is as destructive an opening bat as anyone in the country. He set the tone for NSW’s title tilt last term, smashing two centuries and a 50 to finish behind only Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh in the tournament runscoring charts. There remain questions over the 24-year-old’s consistency and temperament, but his form for Australia A this winter suggests a big Matador Cup run could be on the cards.

Peter Handscomb – With Matthew Wade away on international duty, Victoria’s reserve wicketkeeper will take the reins for Matador Cup 2016. Handscomb’s tactical nous and instinctive decision-making as Australia A captain this year have earned him many plaudits, as have his exploits with the bat in first-class matches against South Africa A (137) and India A (87). A strong display for the Bushrangers could well put the 25-year-old in the mix for national selection.

Jason Behrendorff – Were it not for a cruel run of injuries, Behrendorff could well be a fixture in Australia’s national squads by now. A combination of good pace, tight lines and the ability to swing the ball makes him arguably the pick of a talented WA bowling brigade that also includes Joel Paris, Nathan Rimmington and Andrew Tye. If he can stay fit and secure a starting spot, he should be in the reckoning for most wickets in the series.

2017 Matador BBQ Cup fixtures

Queensland vs. CA XI
Saturday, October 1
Allan Border Field
9:30am local

Western Australia vs. South Australia
Sunday, October 2
WACA Ground
11:30am local

Tasmania vs. Queensland
Monday, October 3
Allan Border Field
9:30am local

Tasmania vs. CA XI
Wednesday, October 5
Allan Border Field
9:30am local

South Australia vs. Victoria
Wednesday, October 5
WACA Ground
11:30am local

Western Australia vs. Queensland
Thursday, October 6
WACA Ground
11:30am local

New South Wales vs. CA XI
Friday, October 7
Hurstville Oval
10:30am local

Western Australia vs. Victoria
Saturday, October 8
WACA Ground
11:30am local

New South Wales vs. Tasmania
Sunday, October 9
Hurstville Oval
10:30am local

Queensland vs. South Australia
Sunday, October 9
WACA Ground
11:30am local

Victoria vs. CA XI
Tuesday, October 11
North Sydney Oval
10:30am local

South Australia vs. New South Wales
Wednesday, October 12
Drummoyne Oval
10:30am local

Victoria vs. Tasmania
Thursday, October 13
North Sydney Oval
10:30am local

Queensland vs. New South Wales
Friday, October 14
Drummoyne Oval
2:30pm local

CA XI vs. South Australia
Saturday, October 15
Hurstville Oval
10:30am local

Tasmania vs. Western Australia
Saturday, October 15
North Sydney Oval
10:30am local

New South Wales vs. Victoria
Sunday, October 16
North Sydney Oval
2:30pm local

CA XI vs. Western Australia
Monday, October 17
Hurstville Oval
10:30am local

Victoria vs. Queensland
Tuesday, October 18
Drummoyne Oval
10:30am local

South Australia vs. Tasmania
Wednesday, October 19
Hurstville Oval
10:30am local

New South Wales vs. Western Australia
Wednesday, October 19
North Sydney Oval
10:30am local

Elimination Final (TBD vs. TBD)
Friday, October 21
Drummoyne Oval
2:30pm local

Grand Final (TBD vs. TBD)
Sunday, October 23
North Sydney Oval
9:30am local

Full Matador Cup squads

Cricket Australia XI: William Bosisto (captain – WA), James Bazley (Qld), Jake Carder (WA), Ryan Gibson (NSW), David Grant (SA), Sam Grimwade (Vic), Sam Harper (Vic), Liam Hatcher (NSW), Josh Inglis (WA), Ryan Lees (Tas), Arjun Nair (NSW), Thomas O’Donnell (Vic), Jhye Richardson (WA), Matthew Short (Vic).

NSW Blues: Moises Henriques (captain), Doug Bollinger, Ryan Carters, Harry Conway, Ed Cowan, Ben Dwarshuis, Chris Green, Daniel Hughes, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Peter Nevill, Steve O’Keefe, Kurtis Patterson, Gurinder Sandhu.

Queensland Bulls: Jason Floros (captain), Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Luke Feldman, Cameron Gannon, Peter George, Marnus Labuschagne, Chris Lynn, Michael Neser, Jimmy Peirson, Nathan Reardon, Matthew Renshaw, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson.

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SA Redbacks: Callum Ferguson (captain), Wes Agar, Tom Andrews, Nicholas Benton, Alex Carey, Tom Cooper, Michael Cormack, Alex Gregory, Jake Lehmann, Tim Ludeman, Kane Richardson, Alex Ross, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald.

Tasmanian Tigers: Tim Paine (captain), Xavier Doherty, Ben Dunk, Dominic Michael, Alex Doolan, Jake Doran, Ben McDermott, Beau Webster, Simon Milenko, Hamish Kingston, Cameron Stevenson, Jackson Bird, Andrew Fekete, Cameron Boyce.

Victorian Bushrangers: Peter Handscomb (captain), Fawad Ahmed, Aaron Ayre, Michael Beer, Dan Christian, Jackson Coleman, Matt Doric, Marcus Harris, Ian Holland, Jon Holland, Glenn Maxwell, Rob Quiney, Marcus Stoinis, Cameron White.

WA Warriors: Adam Voges (captain), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Michael Klinger, Shaun Marsh, David Moody, Joel Paris, Nathan Rimmington, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Jonathan Wells, Sam Whiteman.

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