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Cricketer Piepa Cleary banned for six months for betting $15.50 on Australia v New Zealand Test

A series of bets totalling $15.50 on this summer's Adelaide Test has landed a second Australian women's player in hot water, banned for six months for a breach of Cricket Australia's anti-corruption code.

Piepa Cleary, a 19-year-old who is on CA's Shooting Stars contract list for up-and-coming players and featured in the Women's Big Bash League with Perth Scorchers, placed six bets on the third men's Test between Australia and New Zealand at Adelaide Oval last November.

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A CA statement released on Thursday said she had admitted the charge and would be banned for 24 months, of which 18 months are suspended.  

It follows the sanctioning of  ACT and Sydney Sixers player Angela Reakes who received a two-year sentence, fully suspended, for $9 of bets on last year's men's World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand at the MCG.

Six month ban:  Piepa Cleary.
Six month ban: Piepa Cleary. Photo: Paul Kane - CA

The CA statement Cleary's penalty was tougher because there were "aggravating factors" including the fact she had face-to-face anti-corruption training from the governing body's head of security Sean Carroll two months before placing the bets.

"We continue to remind all elite cricketers and officials that betting on any form of cricket is strictly prohibited," said Iain Roy said, the head of CA's integrity unit. 

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"It is outlined in the anti-corruption education that we deliver annually and is written into our anti-corruption code.

"Piepa has heard this message many times through the anti-corruption education sessions that we deliver and accepts that in placing the bets she exercised poor judgment. 

"Bets totalling $15.50 might seem small but it doesn't matter. We take a zero tolerance approach to any form of gambling on cricket by players in order to protect the integrity of the game.

"It has been made very clear that if Piepa breaches the code in any way again she will receive a significantly lengthier suspension."

WACA chief Christina Matthews said: "We are naturally disappointed that one of our players has been involved in an incident such as this.

"Cricket in this country is held in high regard for its integrity and it is important for the future of the sport that remains the case and the WACA understands and supports the sanctions that have been handed down in this instance.

"Piepa will have to work hard to regain some respect from this incident, but she remains an important member of WA cricket and has taken responsibility for her actions.

"The WACA works alongside CA in ensuring all players and staff have an understanding of permissible behaviour. 

"This serves as a reminder for those who need one as to how serious anti-corruption is taken in cricket and it is my expectation that this is the last issue of its kind the WACA has to deal with."

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