Cricketer banned for bet­ting

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

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.

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