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Australian bookmaker refund bets on Cricket WC final

Leading Australian bookmaker Sportsbet has refunded those who put money on the New Zealand to win the Cricket World Cup final against England, describing the fashion in which the match was decided as an “absolute disgrace”.

The company said it had refunded 11,458 people a total sum of 426,223 AUD (€267k) after the host nation won the final on a controversial boundary countback rule-following tied scores after 102 overs of cricket.

“Let’s not beat around the bush, for a World Cup to be decided in that manner is an absolute disgrace, and the punters shouldn’t have to pay for the ineptness of the ICC,” explained Sportsbet spokesperson Rich Hummerston.

However, the current refund pales into insignificance compared with the 5.2 million AUD (€3.26 m) the company paid out on Labor’s Bill Shorten becoming prime minister two days ahead of this year’s Federal Election.

However, voters surprisingly chose to re-elect Scott Morrison’s Coalition government. Sportsbet had Mr Shorten at must-win odds of 1.16 to win as all the polls had predicted a Labor win for the first time in six years.

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