Cricket legend stole £107k from Lancashire youth cricket

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A CRICKET legend is starting a two-year jail sentence after swiping £107,000 earmarked for youth coaching – and blowing it on expensive holidays.

Andy Hayhurst, 52, played for Lancashire and Derbyshire, captained Somerset and in the early 1990s was hotly tipped for an England call-up with skipper Graham Gooch’s squad.

After the all rounder finally retired in 1997 he took on a £50,000-a-year director role at Lancashire Cricket Board to promote grassroots sport and help coach rising young England stars of the future.

But Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court heard how he secretly plundered £107,000 from the LCB to fund his love of lavish restaurants and foreign holidays.

Hayhurst swindled the cash over a seven-year period despite a court hearing how his LCB colleagues regarded him as a “hero”.

Jailing him, Judge John Potter blasted his actions as “selfish and inspired by greed”.