Deadline for rethink over Mervyn Westfield charge

Mervyn Westfield The allegation relates to Mr Westfield's performance during a 40-over match between Essex and Durham

A judge has given prosecution lawyers 28 days to come up with a different charge in the case against former Essex cricketer Mervyn Westfield.

The 22-year-old appeared at the Old Bailey charged with conspiracy to defraud over a spot-betting allegation. He denies any offence.

But the Crown Prosecution Service has been told the charge is not known in common law.

It may now bring a charge of corruption or of defrauding a bookmaker.

Mr Westfield is alleged to have dishonestly agreed to bowl against Durham on 5 September 2009 in such a way as to let a certain number of runs be scored.

The next court hearing is likely to be in January at Southwark Crown Court.

Mr Westfield's lawyer, Daniel Cundy, challenged the legality of the charge against him

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