Cricketer banned for betting
A $15.50 CRICKET bet has turned into a six-month ban for Rivervale-based fast bowler Piepa Cleary.
Cleary was charged with breaching Cricket Australia's Anti-Corruption Code and admitted placing bets on the third Test between Australia and New Zealand at Adelaide last November.
She was handed a 24-month ban but 18 months are suspended provided she commits no further offences.
Cleary is the second female player charged this summer. The 19-yearold has represented WA and more recently was part of Perth Scorchers’ campaign in the first Women’s Big Bash League series.
ACT Meteors and Sydney Sixers player Angela Reakes was also banned for 24 months for placing five bets worth $9 on the Cricket World Cup final. Reakes’ entire 24-month ban was suspended.
Cleary’s offence was considered more serious as she received face-toface anti-corruption training just two months before placing the bets.
The penalty means Cleary cannot participate in cricket in any capacity for six months, other than Cricket Australia anti-corruption education or rehabilitation programs.
Cricket Australia’s integrity unit head Iain Roy said all elite cricketers and officials were strictly forbidden to bet on any form of cricket.
“Piepa has heard this message many times through the anti-corruption education sessions,” he said.
Piepa Cleary and Chloe Piparo.