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Westfield appeals spot-fix conviction
The first county cricketer in England to be prosecuted for spot-fixing has launched a challenge against his conviction.
Former Essex player Mervyn Westfield was sentenced to four months in prison at the Old Bailey in February.
Westfield, 23, from Chelmsford, was jailed after pleading guilty to one count of accepting or obtaining a corrupt payment to bowl in a way that would allow the scoring of runs.
He was accused of being paid £6,000 to bowl so that a specific number of runs would be chalked up in the first over of a match between Durham and Essex in September 2009.
Passing sentence, Judge Anthony Morris told Westfield: "I am satisfied that you would have known from the outset that what was being offered was a corrupt payment and that you could and should have refused it.
"I am also satisfied that, if you had any concerns about the approaches being made to you, you had an opportunity to mention them to the team captain or management, or if you were nervous of doing so, at least to your friends within the team. You chose not to do so."
As well as the jail sentence, a confiscation order was made for £6,000.
His case will be heard by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, sitting with Mr Justice Openshaw and Mr Justice Irwin at the Court of Appeal in London.