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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 May, 2004, 16:08 GMT 17:08 UK
Giddins guilty of betting
Ed Giddins
Giddins played for four counties during his career
Former England seam bowler Ed Giddins has been found guilty of placing a 7,000 bet on a county game.

Giddins, who retired from first-class cricket last year, denied the charge but was found guilty by an England and Wales Cricket Board disciplinary panel.

He was fined 5,000 and banned for five years from playing in or having an administrative role in any cricket match under the ECB's jurisdiction.

Giddins bet on Northants to beat Surrey in a National League game in 2002.

With a vital semi-final postponed until the following day, Surrey fielded a side containing mainly 2nd XI players, losing by 102 runs.

An ECB statement said: "The imposition of the maximum available suspension reflects the seriousness with which the Discipline Committee views any attempt by a registered cricketer to bet on the result of any match."

Giddins was also ordered to pay 1,000 towards the costs of the hearing.

The ECB said on Tuesday they had found no evidence to implicate any other cricketers or administrators in any betting scandals.

All international cricketers, and all English county players, are required to sign an agreement not to bet on any match.

The Board confirmed that an investigation into alleged betting has been launched in February but declined to name the player or match concerned at that time.

No person may bet, whether directly or indirectly, for reward on any match, matches or series of matches, or any aspect of any match, matches, or series of matches
ECB regulation

Giddins took 478 first-class wickets at an average of 28.3 during a career which began in 1991 and included spells with Sussex, Warwickshire, Surrey and Hampshire.

The 32-year-old eventually called it a day because of knee and shoulder problems despite having 18 months left on a contract with Hampshire, believed to be worth 50,000 a year.

He made his Test debut against New Zealand at The Oval in 1999 and went on to make three more appearances for England the following year.

His finest hour came at Lord's when he was named Man of the Match after taking 5-15 in the first innings as England thrashed Zimbabwe by an innings and 209 runs.

The betting allegation is not the first time Giddins has been involved in controversy.

He was banned from the game for 18 months in 1996 after testing positive for cocaine, the result, he claimed, of a spiked drink.

"I've had a colourful past, I can't deny that, but whenever it came to cricket I was 100 per cent on the button," he told the Daily Telegraph four years later.

He resurrected his career with Warwickshire but moved on to Surrey after three seasons and was a member of the 2002 Championship-winning squad.




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ECB probes county bet claim
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Giddins calls time
06 Aug 03  |  Hampshire
Fresh start for Giddins
08 Jan 01  |  Counties


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