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    Chris Cairns perjury trial

    The prosecution have a smoking gun against Cairns lawyer making a Skype call to Lou Vincent making an admission of match fixing. However English perjury law prevents a conviction purely on the verbal evidence of another person. So I reckon his lawyer is going to eat porridge...Cairns might be lucky here but get done for billions when Dodi sues him again in the civil court.

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    Such a shame bro, Chris was one of my childhood heroes growing up watching cricket on TV... always admired him - thought he was a picture of nobility and honor...

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    Cairns is a Cxxt, that's for sure.

    A mate of mine is very close to the NZ Cricket team.He told me 2 years ago, that Cairns is as guilty as sin.

    He has a huge personality disorder. When things don't go his way, he throws his toys like a spoilt brat.

    Was a very good cricketer, could have been our greatest with the talent that he had, but has a heart the size of a pea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Chuchok
    he throws his toys like a spoilt brat
    His nickname at Notts was BA...bad attitude...amazing cricketer from an early age...I saw his ton against Australia including Brett Lee at his best at the Basin reserve once...originally I thought he should plead guilty to this...because he obviously is...but I think he might get off...Fitch Holland will go down...but Dodi will leave him broke

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    ^He had talent to burn.Just no ticker.

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    cheeting bladdy keewee eh bros ??

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    Yes, shameful indeed. Almost as bad as the Aussie underarm bowling incident...

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    The trial is getting interesting, especially this guy:
    Andrew Fitch-Holland - Chris Cairns' friend and one-time legal advisor is now his co-defendant | Stuff.co.nz

    Greek philosopher Aristotle is quoted as saying the antidote for 50 enemies is one friend, though he probably never encountered a friend such as Andrew Fitch-Holland.

    Friend and legal advisor to perjury accused New Zealand cricket great Chris Cairns, Fitch-Holland was back in the spotlight in Southwark Crown Court as the third week of evidence began on Monday night (NZ time).

    He had already been centre-stage for his Skype conversation with match-fixer Lou Vincent, in which the Crown alleged he tried to procure a false statement to support Cairns in a 2012 libel hearing.

    Now he is back, telling people at a cricket charity event in 2010 "he's guilty, Cairnsy's guilty", according to what former Black Cap Chris Harris told the court.

    Fitch-Holland made the remarks the year his friend took libel action against Indian businessman Lalit Modi, who alleged in a tweet Cairns had been match-fixing in the Indian Cricket League (ICL) in 2008.

    Cairns and Fitch-Holland - previously described as a cricket groupie - spend all day seated side by side in the courtroom one dock, which is actually a glass room near the rear of the court.

    Cairns, 45, is charged with perjury. Both he and and Fitch-Holland are on trial for perverting the course of justice.

    It is alleged Cairns lied under oath in court in 2012, when he said he had "never" cheated at cricket.

    Giving evidence by video link, Harris said he was chatting to a group at a Bromley Cricket Club event in England, his wife Linda among them, when Fitch-Holland joined them.
    Conversation switched to the topic of Cairns.

    When someone asked about "poor Cairnsy" or said "what about Cairnsy?", Fitch-Holland said "he's guilty, Cairnsy's guilty", Harris told the jury.

    For Fitch-Holland, Jonathan Laidlaw, QC, laid out the circumstances of the discussion in his cross examination.

    His client had been drinking, was prone to making loud and "humorous" statements, and was talking about Cairns' personal circumstances, not the Modi case, he said.
    The charity event was a place where people "could drink a great deal", he said.

    "My client was one of those who enjoyed the alcohol, he certainly could enjoy a great deal of alcohol," Laidlaw said.

    "In drink and with an audience, he is capable of - I use the phrase - holding forth."

    Fitch-Holland could express views on a number of topics, in a loud, forceful and "humorous fashion", Laidlaw said.

    Laidlaw suggested the words "he's guilty", applied to the the break-up of Cairns' marriage, not the Modi case.

    Fitch-Holland was talking about Cairns' "management of his personal life", Laidlaw suggested, as he had been close to Cairns' former wife, and their two children.

    Harris agreed that could be the case.

    But asked if he thought the conversation was about the legal proceedings, Harris said "I believe so", replying to Crown prosecutor Sasha Wass, QC, that no one had been discussing the marriage breakdown.

    "At the time, I passed it off as a pretty flippant remark," Harris said. It was strange Fitch-Holland spoke so openly so he thought he was "in the know" about the match fixing case.

    Cairns was with his now-wife Mel in 2008, the court was told last week.

    Harris, who was captain of the Hyderabad Heroes in the ICL, told the court about "strange incidents" in 2008 games involving Cairns, who led the Chandigarh Lions.
    In one match, it appeared to Harris that both Chandigarh and the Mumbai Champs were trying to lose, with a Mumbai opener consistently blocking the ball in a Twenty20 game, when the object is to score quickly.
    Chandigarh also laboured to score runs until their wicketkeeper Sarabjit Singh turned the match around with 41 off 22 balls.
    Harris told the court that from where he was watching on television, Cairns seemed unhappy with the upward swing in his team's fortunes.

    "It was an unusual expression, it seemed he wasn't pleased they had won," he told the jury.

    But when shown in court video footage of the end of that game, Harris agreed Cairns had celebrated the victory "with a fair amount of emotion".

    In her opening statement, Wass told the court Harris was said to have found an ICL match on April 15, 2008 "peculiar".
    Harris told the court he had not seen the game, or a video of it - he had simply been told by players in the ICL World side Cairns had hit a simple catch, and was run out attempting a "silly" run.
    The last game Cairns played in the ICL was at Chandigarh, against Hyderabad. Harris lost the toss and expected to be put in to bat, given that about 80 per cent of matches there were won by the team that bowled first.
    "Chris won the toss, they elected to bat first, which was a surprise to me."

    Under cross examination, Harris agreed there had been times when he had not agreed with a captain's decision to bat or bowl first, and there had been times when he was wrong.

    Auckland cricketer Stephen Pearson backed up much of what Lou Vincent said in the first week of the trial, about how he got involved in fixing, and games he had fixed.

    Vincent had poured his heart out to Pearson in a 10-hour conversation in Hove, England, in 2011, when he was contracted to Sussex - where he fixed games in county matches.

    The defence is expected to put its case this week. Cairns is not obliged to give evidence, though it seems likely he will.
    Perjury is a criminal offence, with a maximum sentence of seven years' jail.
    Lou Vincent and New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum both alleged Cairns introduced them to match fixing in 2008.

    Vincent told the jury he was instructed by Cairns to score 10 to 15 runs in 20 balls, then get out.
    In a Twenty20 game, a batsman can change the course of a match by under performing - not going for his shots, picking out the field, getting run out needlessly.

    Those in the know can make big money betting on brackets of overs, and the result.

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