Four Months for Corrupt Cricketer
Monday, 20 February 2012
A former Essex County cricketer has received four months in jail after admitting a corruption charge. Mervyn Westfield pleaded guilty to accepting a corrupt payment to aid spot betting on a match on the 5th of September 2009.
Westfield is the first cricketer in England to be prosecuted for spot betting and will serve half the term in prison and a confiscation order was made on the £6000.
The Old Bailey heard he agreed to bowl an over to let Durham score a set number of runs for a £6,000 payment. He has also been suspended from playing by the England and Wales Cricket board.
The court were satisfied that Westfield knew it was a corrupt payment and could have refused it if he had wanted. The Judge, Anthony Morris said, ‘ You had an opportunity to mention them to the team captain or management, or if you were nervous of doing so, at least to your friends within the team. You chose not to do so.
“If, because of corrupt payments, it cannot be guaranteed that every player will play to the best of his ability, the reality is that the enjoyment of many millions of people around the world who watch cricket, whether on television or at cricket grounds, will be destroyed.’
The Old Bailey heard that Westfield’s teammate Danish Kaneria told Westfield he would be paid money if he conceded a number of runs. Westfield who was described as an Essex Cricketer through and through said he bitterly rejects what he has done and is utterly ashamed.
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