The Momentum One Day Cup is the biggest one-day cricket competition that is played in South Africa. These are also among the most popular cricket games that are being played there, attracting higher attendance than other games, barring the international matches. This is the ODI equivalent of the Sunfoil Series, which is played in South Africa using the Test format.
For the longest time, South African cricket were isolated from playing against the rest of the world due to the former governments apartheid policies. This forced them to compete in domestic tournaments and saw the creation of several of them. One of the were the Benson and Hedges Series which had its first season in 1982-83 where there were five teams competing for the title.
The tournament kept expanding and changed its name to The Standard Bank Cup in 1996-97 where the format was moved to 45 overs per side. Later it changed the name to the MTN Domestic Championship and finally the name became the Momentum One Day Cup.
There are currently six teams competing in this tournament:
The tournament is played in the one-day domestic format. In trying to mimic the one-day international (ODI) format they have reverted to the 50 overs a side format. Before that it was limited to a 40 overs tournament.
All of the teams play each other twice, one game at home and one away game. The team that is in first place automatically qualifies for the finals, and number 2 and number 3 plays each other for the final spot in the tournament finals.
Points are awarded at the following rate:
Win – 4 points
Tie – 2 points
Loss – 0 points
Bonus points – 1 point (awarded if a team achieves a run-rate of 1.25 or better than the opposing team)
The bookmakers are a little shy with offering bets on this domestic cup. I can understand this as it doesn’t have the same following as The Ashes or the IPL for example, but there are always people interested in betting on it. If you want to find some bets to place, I suggest checking out www.Betway.com as they are known for putting up bets on this tournament. They are mostly limited to winner betting, but there are the occasional prop bet available. Check them out if you want to bet on the Momentum One Day Cup.