CRICKETERS across England have urged match-fixers to contact them the next time they need somebody to be shit at bowling.
Thousands of county players, semi-professionals and pub team disasters say that for the price of a round at their local they can make it look it very convincing.
Martin Bishop, captain of the Marquis of Granby, currently third from bottom of the Hertfordshire Pub League, said: “If you want someone to make a series of basic errors then probably best not to ask a world class professional who’s been selected on the basis that he knows what he’s doing.
“If I was a match-fixer I would be bribing a couple of thousand lads a week and then making bets in the pub car park. No-one would have the faintest idea.”
He added: “In Hertfordshire, if someone bowls 23 no balls in a row, it’s known as a ‘Martin Bishop’.”
The outcry came after some fearless News of the World reporters showed that some people might be prepared to do something during a sports match that means nothing, affecting a result that changes nothing in return for more money than their family has earned in 16 generations.
Dr Bill McKay, from Reading University, said: “It’s like offering Emile Heskey nine million quid to carry on being Emile Heskey.
“I’m struggling to understand what point the article is trying to make, other than the obvious News of the World suspicion that all foreigners are corrupt because they’re foreign.”
He added: “I assume for their next exposÃ© they’re going to offer some CBBC presenters seventy-five grand to say ‘fuckmoney’ on live TV, or pay John Torode to wipe his spunk across Gregg Wallace’s tasting fork. I just hope they have the decency to use the headline ‘NONE OF THIS MATTERS’.”
Meanwhile millions of people across Britain last night learned that defrauding a bookmaker is illegal and then immediately demanded to know why.