24 Dec 2015

Cricketer gets suspended sentence for placing bets

12:05 pm on 24 December 2015

Cricket Australia has charged player Angela Reakes for breaching its anti-corruption code over five bets she placed - totalling $9 - during the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

The Australian cricketer Angela Reakes.

The Australian cricketer Angela Reakes. Photo: Cricket Australia

Reakes plays for the Sydney Sixers in the women's Big Bash League and ACT in the National League.

Cricket Australia has imposed a two-year suspended sentence on the 24-year-old.

Reakes pleaded guilty to placing five bets on the winner of the man-of-the-match award during the men's Cricket World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand.

She was found to be in breach of Article 2.2.1 of the anti-corruption code, and has received an official reprimand, which will require her to participate in CA's anti-corruption education programme.

Reakes voluntarily accepted the sanctions and would be able to continue participating in Australian cricket subject to no further breaches of CA's code.

"All elite cricketers are reminded regularly that betting on any form of cricket is strictly prohibited," head of CA's integrity unit Iain Roy said in a statement.

"Angela understands that in placing these bets she made a bad mistake and has acknowledged the seriousness of her error.

"She has been cooperative during the investigation and we believe the penalty in these circumstances is appropriate."