Disgraced former Black Cap Lou Vincent has escaped conviction after appearing in Hamilton District Court.

The 39-year-old earlier pleaded guilty to wilfully damaging a car in Pukekohe in November and on Friday was granted a discharge without conviction, despite police opposition.

Vincent paid the car's owner more than $700 in reparations as part of a settlement.

The former New Zealand opener was banned from cricket for life by the England and Wales Cricket Board after admitting 18 counts of match fixing in 2014.

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He gave evidence in Chris Cairns' perjury trial, which centred on match-fixing allegations, in London in 2015. Cairns was found not guilty.

- NZN