17 Feb '12, 6pm

Cricket: English cricketer jailed over spot-fixing scam

Cricket: English cricketer jailed over spot-fixing scam

LONDON: A former Essex bowler became the first English cricketer to be jailed for corruption on Friday for his role in a spot-fixing scam that has implicated Pakistan international Danish Kaneria. Mervyn Westfield was given a four-month prison sentence after admitting receiving 6,000 pounds ($9,200) to bowl so that 12 runs would be scored in the first over of a 40-over match between Durham and Essex in September 2009. Westfield was ordered to serve half the term behind bars, while he was also hit with a confiscation order for 6,000 pounds during a hearing at the Old Bailey. Judge Anthony Morris said Westfield must serve time in prison as a "deterrent" to others tempted by corruption. Morris said Westfield "knew from the outset this was a corrupt approach, and you could and should have refused it. You chose not to do so. "For financial gain, you have betrayed the trust - of...

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