Lancashire cricketer asked ‘to fix a match’

Lou Vincent arrives at court
Lou Vincent arrives at court
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Cricketer Lou Vincent tried to recruit his former Lancashire team-mate Mal Loye to help fix a match in 2008, a court has heard.

The allegation has been made at Southwark Crown Court in London where New Zealand Test player Chris Cairns is on trial for perjury.

Cairns allegedly told Vincent to approach Loye to under-perform in a game between Lancashire and Durham to “earn his trust back”.

“He said I want you to speak to Mal Loye and get him involved in under-performing as well,” Vincent said.

“I said (to Loye) listen you’re not doing well, I know people who can pay us if we under-perform.”

He added: “Mal was taken aback a bit and the conversation did finish pretty quick.

Vincent said at the time he was “on a high” and “felt good” about his role in fixing.

But now he claims he is “completely ashamed and embarrassed and gutted, absolutely gutted”.

Vincent, 36, told the court his former leader and “role model” Cairns convinced him to take part in fixing while they were both playing for the Chandigarh Lions in India.

He described Cairns as “the main player” for the New Zealand national side when he started playing for them in around 2001.

Cairns, 45, from Auckland, is charged with perjury and perverting the course of justice, while Andrew Fitch-Holland, from Burton Road, Manchester, is accused of perverting the course of justice.

They both deny the charges.

The case continues.