For hours the jury at Bristol Crown Court watched video from various angles of the minutes leading up to the drunken row, as well as graphic footage of the brawl. They show Ben Stokes wrestling on the ground, then pursuing two men and punching them.Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale were both briefly knocked out and Ali suffered a fractured eye socket.Stokes claimed he was defending himself and that he intervened because Ali and Hale had been abusing two gay men.And the jury has agreed with him.Being found not guilty of affray will end any debate about Stokes' future with England, whereas a conviction would have put the ECB under pressure to impose a temporary or permanent ban.All of those involved had just left the Mbargo nightclub in the early hours of the morning.The trial lasted six days, but the affair has cast a shadow over the England cricket team for almost a year.On 24 September, England had beaten the West Indies in a one day match in Bristol and many of the team headed into the city … [Read more...] about England Cricket Board’s embarrassment over after Ben Stokes cleared
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News / UK and world by Press Association August 14, 2018, 12:58 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter England cricketer Ben Stokes has been found not guilty of affray following a brawl with two nightclub revellers. The 27-year-old all-rounder punched Ryan Hale, 27, to the ground and then knocked out Ryan Ali, 28, during the fracas in the early hours of September 25 last year in Bristol city centre. Stokes said he was acting in self-defence, or in the defence of others, when he punched the two best friends hours after England played the West Indies in a one-day international in the city. The jury at Bristol Crown Court took under three hours to acquit Stokes and co-accused Ali of affray following a seven day trial. At the start of the trial the Crown tried to amend the indictment and charge Stokes with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm but this was rejected by the judge. And half way through the trial … [Read more...] about England cricket star Ben Stokes not guilty of affray
CRICKETER ace Ben Stokes is considered to be one of England's most valuable players. As he goes on trial for affray, here's everything you need to know about the all-rounder and his court case. Who is Ben Stokes? Ben Stokes, 27, is a professional cricketer who was born in New Zealand. He is the son of rugby league star Gerard Stokes. The family moved to England when Ben was young and settled in Cumbria, where Ben played cricket for local side Cockermouth. He has played county cricket for Durham since 2009 and made his England Test debut during the 2013 Ashes series. Since then he has proved a match winner and the team's most valuable all-round player thanks to his bowling, batting and athletic fielding. Ben Stokes pictured with his wife Clare Ratcliffe Why is he on trial? Stokes is standing trial for affray after a brawl in the early hours of September 25 after he was involved in a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub. Two other men, Ryan Ali, 28 and Ryan Hale, 27, are also standing … [Read more...] about Who is Ben Stokes, what’s the England cricketer on trial for, who is his wife and what’s his net worth?
News / UK and world by Press Association August 6, 2018, 3:08 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter England cricketer Ben Stokes will go on trial today accused of affray. The 27-year-old all-rounder and two other men, Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27, all deny the charge. Stokes, Ali and Hale are jointly charged with affray in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol on September 25 last year – several hours after England had played a one-day international against the West Indies in the city. The charge states that their “conduct was such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety”, contrary to section 3(1) and (7) of the Public Order Act 1986. A 27-year-old man allegedly suffered a fractured eye socket in the incident, at which fellow England cricketer Alex Hales was also present. The trial before Judge Peter Blair QC, the Recorder of Bristol, is … [Read more...] about England cricketer Ben Stokes faces trial
ENGLAND cricket legend Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff had his wallet stolen yesterday while he was at the gym. The 40-year-old tweeted last night to warn the thief he had CCTV and would be getting the cops involved. The former England captain posted: "To the p**** who's just nicked my wallet from @TotalFitness altrincham, just bring it back you're on CCTV and now getting the police involved." Greater Manchester Police were unable to find a record of a theft from the gym being recorded. One of Freddie's millions of followers replied: "He's a brave man or a f***** nutter to be pinching your stuff Fred. "If he has any sense he'll hand the wallet and himself in at a local police station. Safest place for him." The former England cricketer has three children with wife Rachael - daughter Holly, 13, and sons Corey, 12 and Rocky, ten. In May we reported how Flintoff was left red-faced when one of his children exposed his private parts by pulling down his shorts in the middle of a … [Read more...] about England cricket legend ‘Freddie’ Flintoff has wallet stolen while at gym in posh Cheshire town