Cricket match fixer Lou Vincent tells Chris Cairns perjury trial most people have watched a rigged game

Chris Cairns threatened me with a bat: Vincent

LONDON: Chances are you have watched a fixed cricket match without realising: it’s almost impossible to detect, recidivist fixer Lou Vincent has told Chris Cairns’ perjury trial in London.

On a day when he changed his testimony and admitted sleeping with a prostitute a bookmaker had sent to him as a “present”, Vincent also gave Southwark Crown Court a fascinating insight into match fixing.

If the game was live on TV and there was betting on it, there’s a higher chance the fixers were at play, particularly if it was in India, he said.

“The average person watching a game – no one could tell. It’s very hard to detect.”

In a Twenty20 game a batsman can change the course of a match by under performing – not going for his shots, picking out the field, getting run out needlessly.

“It’s virtually impossible to fix a match as an individual,” Vincent told the court.

Rather than engineer the result, which is difficult, players fix brackets of games – batting slowly for a set number of overs so that those in the know can bet on a certainty.

Vincent helped fix matches in India and English county matches where he played for Lancashire and Sussex.

It was at Sussex he had a change of heart, and went back on a pre-arranged fix with an Indian bookie.

“He requested me to spot fix over a three-over period where he wanted the team to score 14 runs.”

Vincent changed his mind and gave a signal that the fix was off, strode to the pitch determined to do well – and was bowled first ball.

He learnt the art at Chandigarh, saying Cairns introduced him to fixing matches by under performing.

At the time he was afflicted by depression so the fix instructions had to be kept simple, he told the jury.

After telling the trial he wanted to come clean about his match fixing – which he alleges Cairns got him into – he altered his story on the prostitute under cross examination by Orlando Pownall, QC.

He said she was a “present” used as match fixing bait by a bookie.

Hours earlier, he had given the court the impression – by omission of detail – he had not slept with her.

He had not lied, he had omitted that detail from his report to the International Cricket Council (ICC) on the incident to protect his then wife, he said.

The first witness called, Vincent was in the dock the whole day, as he is likely to be for most of Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT).

His evidence is crucial to the case, in which Cairns faces criminal charges carrying a maximum of six years’ jail.

It traversed the dark underbelly of match fixing, where results or scoring rates are rigged in advance so those in the know can cash in.

It also took in Vincent’s personal woes, his battle with depression after being dropped from the Black Caps in 2007 and his use of cannabis and anti-depressants.

When 2009 was raised by crown prosecutor Sasha Wass, QC, Vincent asked for time. Visibly upset, he left the court room, clutching the hand of his wife Susie on the way out.

He later told the court “2009 was a horrendous year for my personal and mental health.” That was the year his first marriage fell apart.

Cairns, 45, is accused of lying under oath when he said he’d “never” cheated at cricket.

The former New Zealand international has said he had never instructed Vincent or anyone else to under perform at cricket.

Vincent has admitted he did cheat at cricket. He is serving a life ban from the sport for doing so. It started when Cairns was his captain at the Chandigarh Lions in India, in 2008.

“I was under direct orders from Chris Cairns to be involved in match fixing in India,” was his opening shot in evidence.

Vincent also fixed matches in English county cricket, when no longer under the control of Cairns. He was revealing all for the greater good, he told the court.

“I accepted my mistakes and I hope what I’m doing will help other players get out of that evil world.”

On the stand, he was unerringly polite, even under cross examination. His testimony was punctuated by long pauses, he often had to ask for questions to be repeated, sometimes more than once.

He talked of how hard it was to escape the match fixing web – once it snared you the calls kept coming.

“That’s how they operate, they never stop. If you’re on TV they keep coming back. When you’ve been involved they’ve always got one up on you. They always make you feel you didn’t do the job right, that you owe them.”

Pownall pointed to how long it had taken Vincent to own up to match fixing – about five years – as an indication “you were saving your own skin”.

When English county players Murray Goodwin and Mal Loye reported Vincent had spoken to them about fixing in 2011, he had lied to investigators, Pownall said.

“You lied, and you lied, and you lied,” he said.

THE COURT WAS TOLD Three Kiwis were central to match fixing Chandigarh Lions games in the 2008 Indian Cricket League; Cairns, Vincent and fast bowler Daryl Tuffey.Vincent helped fix four matches. Cairns gave him the role of scoring 10 to 15 runs off 20 balls, then getting out.Vincent was an unreliable fixer, and in one game he belted 28 off 27 balls when he was meant to have been dismissed in the teens. Cairns told him to practise getting out.Cairns was so angry he threatened Vincent with the bat in front of Tuffey. Vincent was never paid the US$50,000 a match promised.Match fixing when he played county cricket for Lancashire then later Sussex has raised the prospect of Vincent facing criminal charges in England.In England in 2011 he fixed matches for an Indian bookie he knew as Varun Gandhi, who paid him twice, amounting to around NZ$150,000.

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Queensland Labour Day moved to May, Queen’s Birthday to October

October Labour Day is dead.  Long live October Queen’s Birthday.

In a battle of the ideologies, Labor won its fight to reverse the LNP’s decision to move May Day to October, in what was in itself a reversal of the Bligh Labor Government’s intention to move the June Queen’s Birthday holiday to the second half of the year.

Arguing historical links – 2016 marks the 125th anniversary of the Shearer’s Strike, or the first May Day for Queensland – the government made moving Labour Day back to the first half of the year one of its first priorities.

Instead, the sovereign’s birthday will shift from June, to the first Monday in October, meaning those celebrating grand finals should still receive a three day weekend.

Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926.

The move should make Treasurer Curtis Pitt happy.

“While the name of the public holiday in October will change, it is important to note that there will still be a Monday to recover after footy finals weekend,” he told Parliament.

“As a very proud north Queenslander, I can say that I needed that Monday to recover.”

LNP MPs argued against the change, citing it as further evidence Labor was pandering to the union movement.

“It is pretty clear what it is about,” Ian Walker said.

“You will not be surprised, I am sure, to hear me say that it is nothing more than payback to the union bosses for their support of the Labor Party during the January state elections.

“We know that Labor takes its cue from the unions, and the rest of Queensland knows that too.”

Labor MPs fired back they were meeting an election commitment and the change was no more than moving a day which has no historical significance to June, to October, while moving a day that is so time sensitive it is alternatively called May Day, back to its rightful place.

But despite the duelling ideologies, in the end the LNP argument was a moot point, with both the Katter Party MPs and independent Billy Gordon siding with Labor, giving the government the numbers to shift the day back in time for next year’s anniversary.

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City mulls green bin opt out

Greenaway Bins owner Anthony Janssen will continue to offer his services alongside the councils organic waste program. Picture: GLENN DANIELSRelated:

Organic waste on trial in BendigoCall for waste tenderThe City of Greater Bendigo will recommend councillors allow exemptionsto its green bin service currently being trialled in thousands ofhouseholds across five suburbs.

Councillors will consider the recommendation when they receive a petition fromlocalgreen waste companyGreenaway at Wednesday night’smeeting.

As of 8pm Tuesday the petitionhad received687 votes– still 313 short of its target of 1,000.

Called‘Ask City of Greater Bendigo to rethink their Organic Waste options!’the petition calls on people to sign and show they support:

“Greenaway Bins and would like to endorse their service; or think that the Council should give small businesses a ‘fair go’; or want to be able to choose how you manage your organic waste, e.g. use green waste, worm farms, compost bins.”

In August, the city announced the launch of a trial organic waste collection service to2800 homes in two collection areas.

Waste services manager Simon Clay said at the time that council would use the trial to identify and solve problems before it was rolled out across all urban areas next year.

But a Facebook post on Greenaway’s page said the company was disappointed it was not included in the city’s plans.

“As the city’s first and only green waste collection provider, we had hoped and would have welcomed an approach by the council to play a part of any future developments in this area. Unfortunately this has not been the case,” the post read.

The petition said the company had ensured“huge savings”for the council bydiverting15-25 tonnes of green waste away from landfill each week.

But the city says itsgreen bin servicewill eventually service35,000 households and divertmore than8,400-10,400 tonnes oforganic household wastefrom landfill per annum.

Presentation and Assetsacting directorRachelle Quattrocchi said only 5 per cent of households usedGreenaway.

She added that it wasforgarden waste only–in contrast to the council service which took on a range of organic refuse including meat and seafood.

MsQuattrocchi will recommend councilcollect information on households which already manageorganic wasteand use itto develop anexemption process for households that already manage all organic waste.

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Shooter’s Diamond performance

OLYMPIC champion Michael Diamond mixed it with locals and visitors alike at the Singleton Clay Target Club’s first DTL Two-Day Championship at the Warkworth Shooting Complex at the weekend.

SPECIAL GUEST: AA grade winner and Olympic gold medallist Michael Diamond (centre) with Singleton Clay Target Club secretary Denis Pearce and president Lionel Finlay.

And, the event was hailed a great success, according to club secretary Denis Pearce.

“The program for Saturday was the 100 Targets Double Barrel Championship and the Sunday shoot featured the 50 Targets Pointscore and 50 Targets Single Barrel Championships,” he said.

“A warm sunny day with a light breeze made good conditions for shooting.

“Forty-five shooters from Sydney, Newcastle, Central Coast and Scone attended, as well as some of Australia’s top marksmen, including dual gold medallist Michael Diamond.

“It was great to have him at our complex.

“The standard of shooting was exceptionally high with 57 possible perfect rounds and two perfect 100 scores.”

Pearce, himself, ended up in a “miss and out” shoot-off with Diamond for first and second place in AA grade on Saturday.

“It went for 92 shots until I, unfortunately, dropped one,” he admitted.

Results were:

100 Targets Double Barrel

AA grade: 1st Michael Diamond (191/192), 2nd Denis Pearce (190/192)

A grade: 1st Ceri Aubrey (146/146), 2nd Justin Mullane (145/146)

B grade: 1st Bob Warran (99/100), 2nd Rob Marko (98/100)

C grade: 1st Stuart Foate (99/100), 2nd Cameron McCarthy (98/100)

All winners received sashes and cash prizes for placegetters.

Sunday dawned with clear skies and a slight breeze, which made the day very pleasant for shooting with 39 competitors.

Results were:

50 Targets Pointscore

AA grade: 1st Kevin Thompson (149/150), 2nd Michael Diamond (147/150)

A grade: 1st Peter Fiorenza (166/171), 2nd Peter Poile (163/171)

B grade: 1st Lionel Finlay (145/153), 2nd Bob Warran (144/153)

C grade: 1st Grant Goodwin (136/150), 2nd Guiliano Mazzantini (125/150)

50 Targets Single Barrel

AA grade: 1st Kevin Thompson (49/50), 2nd Kerry Miller (57/60)

A grade: 1st Robert Pople (47/50), 2nd Terry Saville (46/50)

B grade: 1st Bob Warran (46/50), 2nd Ray Warran (45/50)

C grade: 1st Grant Goodwin 41/50, 2nd Tony Annecchini (38/50)

High Gun winners

Overall: Kevin Thompson (297/300)

AA grade: Michael Diamond (293/300)

A grade: Peter Poile (334/350)

B grade: Bob Warran (287/300)

C grade: Stuart Foate (274/300)

Veteran: Lionel Finlay (288/300)

Ladies: Kristen Bailey (133/300)

Junior: Travis Edwards (288/300)

“At the presentations all winners received nice sashes and placegetters’ prizes,” Pearce said.

“Everyone agreed the weekend had been a great shoot.

“A special note of thanks go to Anne, Tracey, Narelle and Ashley in the kitchen who kept the good food coming, to Denis and Julie in the office and not forgetting Lionel, Jack, Darren and Matthew in the field who kept the clays flying.”

The next shoot will be on Sunday, November 8, when the annual Memorial Day, to remember the club’s original members, is held.

If you are interested in finding out more about clay target shooting, the club welcomes newcomers.

Practice is on every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.

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Paedophile teacher ‘should be jailed for life’

A SERIAL paedophile should have been jailed for the rest of his life, not a maximum six years, according to a man who said the North-West teacher had sexually abused him.

The teacher, who was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to molesting 14 children in the 1970s and 1980s, could be out of jail after three years.

Thirty-six of the teacher’s victims had come forward to authorities, the man claimed, and he said he knew of more who did not.

“He should be in jail for the term of his natural life,” the man said.

He said he thought he was the only victim when the teacher molested him in primary school, and only later learned the teacher had molested two of his best friends as well.

“He was brutal to me,” the man said.

“He’d say: ‘If you tell anybody, you know what I’m going do to you,’ and I’d say, ‘yes, sir’.

“For years after I left school, I used to lie awake thinking he’s going to come after me and my family.

“I can’t get close to anybody any more.”

The man said he first came forward in 1997, when he reported his abuse to Victims of Crime in Victoria.

“It was eating me up,” he said.

It came to nothing at the time.

“It’s taken me 18 years to get this bastard arrested,” the man said.

Eventually, a counsellor suggested he might want to contact the current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, he said.

He did so, and later learned of more victims coming forward to authorities.

He was disappointed the Crown in Tasmania did not prosecute the paedophile for crimes against more than 14 children, saying he was told his case was not pursued because he had not recorded dates of the abuse.

Public Prosecutions in Tasmania tends not to prosecute cases if it does not believe there is a reasonable chance of conviction.

The man said the Education Department should be investigated, preferably by the royal commission, and the historical police response should also be investigated.

“I’d like to know how many of the teachers knew about it,” he said.

“I’m sure a lot must have known.”

The paedophile cannot be named for legal reasons relating to not identifying sex crime victims.

The man argued the paedophile should be named, and it should be up to victims if they were identified.

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Cut to food red tape

RELIEF: Modo Mio Naked owner Susanne Dobrowski, who sells her brownies throughout the state, says the current system on mobile food vendors involved “constant paperwork, constant red tape”. Picture: Katrina Docking.HEALTH Minister Michael Ferguson introduced proposed amendments to the Food Act in Parliament yesterday that would allow all mobile food vendors to operate on a single licence throughout the state.

Mr Ferguson said the current legislation meant some operators were potentially paying thousands of dollars in fees as they were required to hold a licence for each municipality in which they worked.

“Single statewide registration is currently available for mobile food businesses that are conducted in a vehicle, for example, an ice-cream van or takeaway food van,” he said.

“This amendment extends this provision to all mobile food businesses, whether they are in a trailer, tent or stall.”

Modo Mio Naked owner Susanne Dobrowski, who sells her brownies throughout the state, said the current system involved “constant paperwork, constant red tape”.

She said many businesses did not bother going mobile when they realised the hoops they would have to jump through.

“This is going to make a big difference,” she said.

“It’s not the money, that’s not the problem, it’s the amount of paperwork we have to do.”

Cradle Coast Authority chairman Glynn Williams described the current system as a “handbrake on entrepreneurship” and welcomed any change that would make life easier for mobile food operators. “When you’ve got people who are so portable, it’s just a common-sense way of getting rid of a man-made regulation that actually caused a lot more grief than it needed to,” he said.

Mr Ferguson extended his assurances the proposed changes would not see standards slip. He said: “Indeed, it is expected that the administrative burden on councils to assess and process applications will be reduced, allowing environmental health officers to concentrate on compliance and inspection activities.”

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Real NRL stars join pro-boxing event at Maitland Federation Centre

READY TO RUMBLE: Kurri Kurri league players Luke Mercer and Terence Seu Seu are on the card for Friday fight night at Maitland Federation Centre.Luke Mercer and Terence Seu Seu have playedhundreds of top grade rugby league games.

They have hit the line, they hit the hole and they pushed their bodies to the absolute limit alongside teammates during many a winter season.

But on Friday night in central Maitland thedynamic duo will test themselves in a new sporting arena – the boxing ring.

“It’s a completely new ball game,” Mercer said.

“It’s so different to footy and you haven’t got anyone else out there with you.”

The Kurri Kurri Bulldogs pair will form part of the undercard at the inaugural Hunter Jeep Fight Night at Maitland Federation Centre.

Mercer will be up against an opponent from Sydney PCYC after Cessnock Goannas forward Brendan Hlad was forced to withdraw because of injury.

Seu Seu will line up against fellow playmaker Mick Deakin, also from the Cessnock Goannas, and theformer NRL hooker said attitude would be vital when stepping into the middle.

“It all comes down to the training so transferring that professionalism across from footy will be important,” he said.

“Fitness wise, and also the art of boxing are tough to master, but we’ll see how it goes on Friday.”

To keep the Coalfields theme going another Cessnock player Shaun Metcalfe, brother of former Maitland Pickers dual premiership winner Dan, will also be in action.

The main card will feature five professional bouts including Ben Crampton, Tyson Lantry, Blake Minot and the Ford brothers, Daniel and Matt.

“It will be the first fight night of this calibre in Maitland for quite a while,” Weston-based Lantry said.

“It is the home of Les Darcy so everyone is looking forward to it.”

Doors open at 6.30pm.

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No movement yet on new grandstand for Maitland No.1 Sportsground

An artist’s impression of the proposed grandstand.Maitland will await approval from the Joint Regional Planning Panel to demolish the old grandstands at the No. 1 Sportsground.

Maitland City Council discussed the plans earlier this year but had to defer the matter to the JRPP because the project’s value exceeded $5 million.

The JRPP has since acknowledged it has received the application and councillors signed off on a progress report on Tuesday night.

When built the grandstand will include about 1035 seats in a structurethat will also house change rooms, canteen, office, first aid room and storagefacilities.

First up for demolition are the existing grandstands as well as the ticket sales area, canteen and storage ­building.

The grounds will then be reconfigured to include a larger playing field.

A paved forecourt entry will tie together the redevelopment with a new access road and car park with 20 spaces, four of them disabled.

Councillors endorsed the progress report on Tuesday night.

The $8.6 million project was announced when cabinet ministers visited Maitland in February 2014.

The project received $5.6 million from the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund.

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Fiesta to put culture on a plate

ALTHOUGH Samata Talukder has only been in Australia for six months, she’s already in love with the country and wants to share some of her Bangladeshi culture with the Tamworth community.

SAMPLE CULTURE: It has always been Amit Das and Samata Talukder’s dream to live in Australia. Photo: Barry Smith 081015BSC02

Ms Talukder will be cooking two traditional dishes from her home country for the Fiesta La Peel, a multicultural street festival which will have food, craft and entertainment from 20 different countries.

Ms Talukder will make hochpoch, a “very famous” Bangladeshi meal, along with a sweet curry which is eaten as a desert in Bangladesh.

“Hochpoch is very simple curry. It has rice, salt, oil, green chili, chili powder and a little bit of sugar,” Ms Talukder said.

“The sweet curry is milk, rice and sugar.”

Ms Talukder’s husband, Amit Das, said living in Australia has always been the couple’s dream.

“From my country’s view, Australia is the top country,” Mr Das said.

“The people are really nice and very helpful – when I first came here, I spoke English a little bit slowly and I couldn’t understand everything, but everyone always helped me.”

Peel Street will be closed of between White and Fitzroy streets on Saturday for the festival, which will run from 3pm to 8pm.

Everyone is encouraged to dress culturally for the event, which will have free tasting plates, street and stage entertainment and children’s activities.

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Joyce turns up the water pressure on prime minister

NEW England MP and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce will sit down with the prime minister today as The Nationals exert pressure over the allocation of responsibilities under the new-look agriculture portfolio.

Federal member for New England and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull moved the water portfolio back to agriculture under a deal with the Nationals following his elevation to the leadership last month.

But, negotiations are still underway to determine just who will have responsibility for what between Mr Joyce and his assistant minister, Liberal senator Anne Ruston.

Nationals senator John Williams told The Leader yesterday he was confident water responsibilities would end up with Mr Joyce and anything else would be unacceptable to his party.

“Anything other than that would be a misinterpretation of the agreement and that would not be good,” Senator Williams said.

He said moving water from the environmental portfolio to agriculture was one of the core concessions his party demanded from Mr Turnbull when he took over leadership of the Coalition.

“It was one of the key issues, if not the key issue, within the agreement,” Senator Williams said.

“It drove the party room discussions and my interpretation is water would be back with agriculture.

“I want to make it clear the water portfolio should, and I’m quiet confident it will be, controlled by minister Joyce, not by his assistant minister.”

Mr Williams said it made sense for water and agriculture to be under the same minister, as the two went hand in hand.

“Agriculture is where water belongs – what can be done in agriculture without water?” Mr Williams said.

A spokesperson for Mr Joyce said the New England MP was confident water would be under his control.

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