Cricket corruption captain Lou Vincent is charged by ECB

FROM MATCH-FIXER TO WHISTLE-BLOWER -- former Papplewick and Linby captain Lou Vincent.
FROM MATCH-FIXER TO WHISTLE-BLOWER -- former Papplewick and Linby captain Lou Vincent.

The former Papplewick and Linby captain, caught up in the cricket corruption scandal, has been officially charged by the sport’s authorities.

Ex-New Zealand international Lou Vincent (35) faces 14 counts relating to two county matches that were allegedly subjected to fixing while he was playing for Sussex in 2011.

The charges have been brought by the England and Wales Cricket Board after he lifted the lid on match-fixing and spot-fixing to the anti-corruption unit of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Vincent admits he took part in match-fixing. However, his lawyers have denied that he has now turned whistle-blower as part of an agreed plea-bargain with the ICC in the hope that he can avoid criminal prosecution.

The alleged fixing concerns players agreeing to under-perform during set parts of matches to help gamblers or bookmakers in Asian betting markets.

Aggressive batsman Vincent, who played 23 Tests and 102 one-day internationals for the Kiwis, was lined up as Papplewick’s overseas professional for the 2013 season.

He never played for the club because he had to return to his home country to sort out protracted divorce proceedings.

And Papplewick have been keen to distance themselves from any knowledge of Vincent’s involvement in fixing allegations.

“We were simply looking for players who had recently retired from first-class cricket but who could still do a job at Notts Premier League (NPL) level,” said Michael Secretan, who was the club’s chairman at the time.

After losing Vincent, Papplewick finished bottom of the NPL and were relegated back to the Bassetlaw League for the first time since 2002.