Former Papplewick captain in match-fixing probe

Sussex's Lou Vincent (right) plays a shot as Somerset's Craig Kieswetter looks on during the Friends Life T20 South Group match at the The PROBIZ County Ground, Hove. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 14, 2011. Photo credit should read: Clive Gee/PA Wire.
Sussex's Lou Vincent (right) plays a shot as Somerset's Craig Kieswetter looks on during the Friends Life T20 South Group match at the The PROBIZ County Ground, Hove. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 14, 2011. Photo credit should read: Clive Gee/PA Wire.

A cricketer who was lined up as Papplewick and Linby’s star player last season is being investigated for alleged match-fixing.

New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent (36) was signed by Papplewick as their overseas professional and captain for the 2013 campaign.

But he had to return home because of domestic issues even before he had played a match.

Now Vincent, who has played 23 Tests and 102 one-day internationals for the Kiwis, is one of three New Zealand cricketers being probed by the International Cricket Council.

The probe concerns a county match in August 2011 between Sussex and Kent that has attracted the attention of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s anti-corruption unit.

Vincent played for Sussex in the CB40 match at Hove, which was televised live in India and courted unusually high interest on online betting sites, with one reporting a turnover of £14 million.

Sussex have admitted that some of their players were approached to fix the match, and Vincent, who scored only a single before he was run out, has admitted he is one of the players under investigation.

Vincent, who also had stints in this country with Worcestershire, Lancashire and Northamptonshire, scored a century against Australia on his Test debut and holds the record for the highest ODI score (172) by a New Zealand batsman.

He was recruited by Papplewick as the man to lead a change in their recent fortunes.

They failed to find a suitable replacement until mid-season when ex-England batsman Mal Lowe was snapped up. However, he broke his thumb in only his second match -- and Papplewick ended up getting relegated from the Notts Premier League.

By a remarkable coincidence, Papplewick also once tried to sign disgraced Pakistani batsman Salman Butt, who was jailed for 30 months in 2011 for spot-fixing.

Butt (now 29) was wanted by Papplewick in the summer of 2007, along with fellow international Azhar Mahmood. Neither signing materialised.

Going on to captain his country, Butt was snared after an undercover sting in which it was alleged that three Pakistani Test players took bribes for deliberately bowling no-balls. He was banned from cricket for ten years.