|Full name||Mervyn Simon Westfield|
5 May 1988 |
Romford, Essex, England
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium-fast|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricinfo, 30 August 2010|
Mervyn Simon Westfield (born 5 May 1988 in Romford, Essex) is an English cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler who until September 2010 played for Essex. In January 2012, he became the first English cricketer to be convicted of spot-fixing, after admitting accepting £6,000 in exchange for bowling an over that was supposed to concede 12 runs.
Westfield played for the first time for Essex in the 2005 County Championship against Durham. He made one appearance in the Second XI Championship before the end of the season, and in 2006, played three matches as Essex finished third in Division Two of the 2006 County Championship.
In May 2010 he was arrested by Essex police in connection with "match irregularities" in the 2009 domestic season, along with team-mate Danish Kaneria. The investigations were believed to focus on a NatWest Pro40 match in September 2009 against Durham, which Essex won.
From 2006 onward, Westfield was an occasional player in the Essex side. During the 2010 County Championship, Westfield was released by Essex after struggling to find a regular place in the first team. Westfield has played as an upper-middle order batsman and as a tail-ender. He held a first-class bowling average of 37.81 by the time of his release by Essex.
Following his arrest on suspicion of a spot-fixing irregularity, it was announced on 15 September 2010 by the Crown Prosecution Service, that Westfield was to be formally charged with conspiracy to defraud over claims he deliberately bowled wides as part of a spot-fixing scam. Antony Swift, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said Westfield would appear at City of London Magistrates' on 23 September 2010. His Essex teammate Danish Kaneria was released without charge following the investigation. Westfield was convicted on 12 January 2012, and was given a four-month prison sentence. On 22 June 2012, Kaneria was banned for life from playing cricket in England and Wales by the ECB, for his involvement in the scandal.
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- Durham v Essex, 2005 County Championship
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- Mervyn Westfield charged with fraud
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