Mazhar Majeed was the agent involved in the spot-fixing scandal.

Mazhar Majeed, the London-based cricket agent, and the former Es+++ fast bowler Mervyn Westfield - the first cricketer in England to be jailed for spot-fixing - have lost their appeals against their convictions.

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, and two other judges at the Court of Appeal in London, upheld both convictions at the Court of Appeal on Thursday.

The legal challenge centred on the correct interpretation of gambling and betting legislation and its failure has ensured that English cricket retains a robust law against any future match-fixing scams.

Majeed and Westfield were involved in two separate cases but their appeals were heard simultaneously as they involved the same point of law.

Majeed, 36, from Croydon, South London, was sentenced in November to two years and eight months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to make corrupt payments. He was the agent involved in the spot-fixing scandal involving three Pakistan cricketers in a Test at The Oval two years ago.

Westfield, 24, from Chelmsford, Es+++, was sentenced to four months in prison at the Old Bailey in February and has since been released. He pleaded guilty to one count of accepting or obtaining a corrupt payment to bowl to instructions in a CB40 tie between Es+++ and Durham at Chester-le-Street in September 2009.