Former Essex cricketer appeals spot-fixing conviction

Mervyn Westfield
Mervyn Westfield is appealing his conviction in the court of appeal Photo: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Former Essex cricketer, Mervyn Westfield, launches a challenge against his corruption conviction today.

He was sentenced to four months in prison at the Old Bailey in February and became the first county cricketer in England to be prosecuted for spot-fixing.

Westfield, 23, from Chelmsford, was jailed after pleading guilty to one count of accepting or obtaining a corrupt payment to bowl in a way that would allow the scoring of runs.

He was accused of being paid £6,000 to bowl so that a specific number of runs would be chalked up in the first over of a match between Durham and Essex in September 2009.

His case will be heard by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, sitting with Mr Justice Openshaw and Mr Justice Irwin at the Court of Appeal in London.