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Vincent's ex-wife gives evidence in Cairns trial

October 19, 2015 6:08 pm

Lou Vincent’s former wife has told the jury in Chris Cairns’s perjury trial that Cairns reassured her the cricketers would not get caught fixing games.

Cairns, who is on trial at Southwark Crown Court in London accused of lying under oath about match-fixing, has been accused by Vincent of instructing him to fix cricket games while both were playing in the Indian Cricket League.

Eleanor Riley told the court her then husband first told her he was working for Cairns when he phoned her, crying, after a game in India in 2008.

She said Vincent told her he had stuffed up a match by hitting a six, losing Cairns a lot of money and making him angry.

Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting is the next cricketing star set to take the stand in the trial.

Ponting will appear via video link from Australia.

His evidence follows that of Brendon McCullum last week, when the current Black Caps captain told the court that Cairns approached him in 2008 to try to get him to help match fix.

McCullum said Ponting was with him in a bar in India when Cairns called to invite him to his hotel to discuss a “business proposal”.

Ponting is expected to confirm that phone call, and be asked about whether he spoke to McCullum following the meeting with Cairns.

The defence has indicated it does not intend to spend a long time cross examining Ponting.

Former New Zealand cricketers Shane Bond, Andre Adams, Kyle Mills and Lou Vincent have already given evidence for the Crown.

Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori is expected to take the stand this week.