Bookmakers Paddy Power PAY Ben Stokes to win the Sports Personality of the Year Award this year after his Ashes exploits against Australia
- Paddy Power paid out to Ben Stokes who won Sports Personality of the Year
- The all-rounder scored 135 not out while England completed an incredible chase
- Stokes teamed up with 76 points with Jack Leach while England chased 359 to win
- Stokes broke 11 four and eight six to single-handedly win the third test
After his barely credible turns of winning the third Ashes test for England on Sunday, just six weeks after performing similar feats in the World Cup Finals, Paddy Power has paid Ben Stokes who won Sports Personality of the Year.
The all-rounder hit the market halfway through his remarkable run chase, dropping to a quarter of 1/4 tonight – with no one around in betting.
Frankie Dettori, Lewis Hamilton and Raheem Sterling are Stokes’ biggest challengers on 1/16.
Ben Stokes roars festively after hitting the winning points in Leeds on Sunday
The bookmaker now also makes it unlikely that Stokes will be knighted in the roll of honor of the Queen’s New Years.
Spokesperson Paddy Power said: ‘Ben Stokes has twice stopped the UK and Ireland this summer from taking notice and deserves to win SPOTY.
“After his off-field controversies, Stokes’ knighting seems like an impossible victory – and that’s exactly the kind of thing he thrives on.”
Stokes’ hitting partner, Jack Leach, also went on the market before the end of the year to polish his glasses in an ad by Specsavers.
Fans of England can hardly believe their eyes after watching Stokes’ incredible innings
The English all-rounder roars with joy after winning the winning points in the third test
Cricket fans have hailed Stokes’ knock as the ‘best innings ever by an Englishman’ after hammering Australia’s bowlers for 135, not Headingley.
The 28-year-old scored 74 of those points during a nerve-racking final wicket match with spin bowler Leach.
The Christchurch-born star defeated 11 four and eight sixes while England chased 359 to keep their Ashes dreams alive.
(L to R): English teammates Joe Root, Jofra Archer, Stokes and Stuart Broad celebrate it
In fact, Jack Leach is ready to polish his glasses in a Specsavers ad before the end of the year