Cricketer banned for £7.60 bets

Piepa Cleary

Piepa Cleary captained Australia women under-16s to World Series glory in 2012

An Australian cricketer has received a six-month ban for bets totalling Aus $15.50 (£7.60) on a Test match between Australia and New Zealand.

Piepa Cleary, 19, who plays for Perth Scorchers in the women’s T20 Big Bash League, was guilty of breaching Cricket Australia’s (CA) anti-corruption code.

“Bets totalling £7.60 might seem small but it doesn’t matter,” said CA Integrity Unit boss Iain Roy.

Cleary is the second female Australian cricketer to receive a ban for betting.

In December, Angela Reakes, who plays for ACT Meteors in the Women’s National Cricket League, was given a two-year suspended sentence for bets totalling Aus $9 (£4.36) during the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Cleary also received a further 18-month suspended sentence after CA said she had received face-to-face anti-corruption training two months before she placed the bets.

Roy added: “We take a zero tolerance approach to any form of gambling on cricket by players in order to protect the integrity of the game.”

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