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Using Machine Learning to Predict the Outcome of English County twenty over Cricket Matches

by   Stylianos Kampakis, et al.

Cricket betting is a multi-billion dollar market. Therefore, there is a strong incentive for models that can predict the outcomes of games and beat the odds provided by bookers. The aim of this study was to investigate to what degree it is possible to predict the outcome of cricket matches. The target competition was the English twenty over county cricket cup. The original features alongside engineered features gave rise to more than 500 team and player statistics. The models were optimized firstly with team features only and then both team and player features. The performance of the models was tested over individual seasons from 2009 to 2014 having been trained over previous season data in each case. The optimal model was a simple prediction method combined with complex hierarchical features and was shown to significantly outperform a gambling industry benchmark.


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