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England cricketer Ben Stokes faces trial accused of affray

Media playback is unsupported on your device England cricketer Ben Stokes is to go on trial after being accused of fighting outside a Bristol nightclub in September. The 26-year-old Durham all-rounder is charged with affray after a man allegedly suffered a broken eye socket. Mr Stokes, who missed the Ashes after being suspended from England duties, is accused jointly with two others. Ryan Hale, 26, and 28-year-old Ryan Aslam Ali, both from Bristol, will face trial on the same charge. Mr Stokes was granted unconditional bail after appearing at Bristol…

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Jofra Archer: Why has an IPL team just paid £800,000 for a little-known cricketer?

He can bowl as quickly as Mitchell Starc, is as athletic in the field as Usain Bolt and packs Anthony Joshua-style power when he bats. He’s also a millionaire (in US dollars terms) after being snapped up for £800,000 in the Indian Premier League auction. But who exactly is Jofra Archer; the new T20 cricket sensation – and is he really that good? After all, he ended the English summer as a little-known county player at Sussex. ‘He’s gone viral…’ Signed by Sussex in 2016, Archer finished the 2017 County…

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Ben Stokes: England cricketer charged with affray

England cricketer Ben Stokes has been charged with affray over an incident outside a Bristol nightclub. The disturbance in September left a man with a fractured eye socket and police sent their findings to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in November. Stokes missed the Ashes series, with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) saying he would not be considered for England “until further notice”. The 26-year-old has been charged along with two other men. A statement from the CPS said it received further material in late December. “Following a…

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Ben Stokes: England cricketer arrested after Bristol nightclub incident

England all-rounder Ben Stokes was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after a nightclub incident in Bristol early on Monday. He will not be available for England’s fourth one-day international against West Indies on Wednesday, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced. Team-mate Alex Hales, who was with Stokes, will also miss the match and has returned to Bristol to help police. Stokes was held overnight after the team’s victory in the third ODI. The 26-year-old Test vice-captain was arrested after an incident at about 02:35 BST…

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Cricketer Steve Smith engaged to law student Dani Willis

Steve Smith has announced his engagement to his partner of five years, Dani Willis. The Australian cricket captain proposed to the law student during a New York holiday on Wednesday. Smith, 28, shared a picture of the couple standing on New York’s Top of the Rock observation deck to his Instagram account on Thursday morning. “Today I got down on one knee and [Willis] said YES,” he wrote. The cricketer met Willis, 26, at a bar during the first season of the Big Bash League, during the summer of 2011-12. Speaking to Fairfax Media in…

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