Angela Reakes has pleaded guilty to placing $9 in bets on the World Cup final. Photo: Jamila ToderasACT Meteors bowler Angela Reakes has pleaded guilty to betting $9 on the men’s Cricket World Cup final, but has avoided suspension and is free to return to Canberra for the next women’s season.
Cricket ACT went into lockdown on Tuesday afternoon as news broke of Reakes’ two-year suspended sentence, refusing to comment on her future as a Meteor or whether they knew about an investigation when they signed the talented leg-spinner.
The 24-year-old was found to have breached cricket’s Anti-Corruption Code in March when she placed five bets totalling $9 on the final between Australia and New Zealand.
The bets were placed shortly before the Meteors swooped on Reakes and signed her for the WNCL campaign after she decided to leave the NSW Breakers.
She played six matches, scoring 116 runs at an average of 23.20 and was the team’s highest wicket taker with 10.
Reakes is now playing for the Sydney Sixers in the women’s Big Bash League and is free to continue playing after pleading guilty.
She was in breach of Article 2.2.1 of the code (placing, accepting, laying or entering into any bet in relation to the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any match or event).
Cricket ACT officials declined to comment when contacted by Fairfax Media.
Reakes was given an official reprimand and required to participate in Cricket Australia’s anti-corruption compliance education.
Head of the CA Integrity Unit Iain Roy said: “All elite cricketers are reminded regularly that betting on any form of cricket is strictly prohibited.
“It is outlined in the anti-corruption training that we deliver on an annual basis and is written into our Code of Behaviour.
“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.”
Reakes joined the Meteors for a chance to improve her batting as she targets a spot in the Australian side.
“Part of my feedback has been getting a bit more of an opportunity at national league level, so that’s one of the biggest reasons that I have made the move down to the ACT,” Reakes said in June.
“In NSW I was probably in the bottom order and part of my decision to move down here is to challenge myself a bit further and bat higher up the order.
“My aim for the season will definitely be trying to make as many runs as possible in the grade competition and also take as many wickets I can in the national league.
“Then hopefully I can get some opportunities with the bat at the national level.”
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