London: Mervyn Westfield, the former Essex bowler, has been sentenced to four months in jail after admitting his role in spot-fixing on a day where a court heard Danish Kaneria, the Pakistan legspinner, named as the alleged go-between who had also approached other players about fixing.
Westfield, 23, was sentenced at the High Court after admitting to accepting £6,000 in return for conceding a set number of runs off an over in a Pro40 match against Durham in September 2009. He will be eligible for release, on license, after serving two months.
"For financial gain, you have betrayed the trust of Essex, players, fans and followers throughout the world in you to play cricket honestly," Judge Anthony Morris said. "Your plea was entered very late in the day. You denied knowledge and lied to police. I have grave doubts whether you are truly remorseful for what has happened."