Kiwi Vince: Match fix skip­per was my mate

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AN ex-New Zealand crick­eter claims he was never go­ing to re­port his cap­tain for fix­ing games be­cause he was his “men­tor” and “mate”, a court heard.

Lou Vin­cent, 36, (above) said his “role model” Chris Cairns con­vinced him to take part in match-fix­ing while they were both play­ing for the Chandi­garh Lions in In­dia.

And the re­tired bats­man said he felt “em­pow­ered” that Cairns had placed trust in him.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence at South­wark Crown Court, where Cairns is on trial for per­jury, Mr Vin­cent said: “I wasn’t go­ing to re­port Chris Cairns be­cause he was my cap­tain, my coach, my men­tor.”

Mr Vin­cent, who said he per­son­ally had been “greedy”, added later that he was “never” go­ing to re­port Cairns.

He said: “He was a New Zealan­der. He was a mate. And he was go­ing to look af­ter me.”

Cairns, 45, from Auck­land, is charged with per­jury and per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice and de­nies the charges. A BABY oys­ter is

called a ‘spat’

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