Lou Vincent pocketed nearly $300k for fixing

MARK GEENTY
Last updated 05:00 04/07/2014
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IN THE MONEY: Lou Vincent, pictured with his fiancee Susie Markham, broke his silence this week after being banned for life for fixing cricket matches.

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Disgraced cricketer Lou Vincent received a total of £150,000 (NZ$294,000) for fixing matches, it can be revealed.

The former New Zealand opener broke his silence in interviews on Wednesday after he received a life ban from the sport by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), but dodged the question of how much money he'd actually been paid.

He has tallied up the total amount, and it adds up to about £150,000, Fairfax Media has been told.

Vincent was banned for life after pleading guilty to 18 breaches of the ECB's anti-corruption rules over three county matches, one in 2008 and the other two in 2011.

Vincent said he didn't receive any money from the Indian Cricket League in 2008, despite claiming he was promised US$50,000 per game for the four matches he agreed to under-perform in. He realised he wouldn't be paid when he was confronted by a player he labelled "my hero", who he was working for, after Vincent hit a six when he was supposed to get out, thereby ruining the fix.

"He grabbed his cricket bat and I'm surprised he didn't follow through and hit me. He stopped the bat above his head, walking towards me with this killer look in his eyes, I thought 'this is pretty serious'," Vincent told TV3.

"I hadn't seen one cent ... I thought 'I'm not going to see that money now'. Used and abused."

Vincent said his "hero" contacted him again in the UK later that year, after Vincent signed for Lancashire, and they met at a motorway service centre outside Nottingham. Vincent claims the player then enticed him to underperform in an upcoming match against Durham.

He was paid for fixing in the UK, saying how he collected cash in bags from a Birmingham laundromat and at a petrol station near Heathrow Airport.

It can also be revealed that Vincent didn't co-operate with ECB anti-corruption investigators when first interviewed.

He was unnerved by an aggressive line of questioning, and didn't admit to any wrongdoing. When he decided to tell all, he approached International Cricket Council anti-corruption investigators, who included the unit's Australasian head, John Rhodes.

"I approached the ACSU [ICC anti-corruption unit] and said 'right, it's time for me to bare all'," Vincent said.

The ECB was furious about this, and waited for ICC investigators to gather all the information including Vincent's sworn statement, before charging him with fixing in the UK and handing down a life ban.

Vincent has avoided jail but insisted on Wednesday he hadn't done a plea bargain.

It appeared a lucky escape, given that four players - Pakistani trio Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, and former Essex player Mervyn Westfield - were all jailed for fixing in the UK in recent years.

It is understood the ECB didn't see Vincent's offences as serious enough to hand over the files to the Metropolitan Police.

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