Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ben Stokes felt "under threat of immediate attack" moments before brawl

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When asked about separating Stokes and Ryan Ali, 28, Mr Spure told the court: "The individual seemed to be the main aggressor or was progressing forward trying to get to another individual".

Cunningham said two men - Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, who are standing trial accused of affray with Stokes - left Mbargo and walked off with O'Connor and Barry.

"I grappled with the second guy, in the course of that I can recall hitting him a couple of times".

Stokes said he and Ali scuffled on the floor, with Hale - also with a bottle - then becoming involved.

"As the group came to my attention, I heard some of what was being said", Stokes said in the written statement.

Mr Spure described seeing Stokes punch Ali, who was trying to get away, with a "clenched fist" in the road. "Obviously it all happened very quickly but I am clear that I felt under threat of immediate attack from both these men and I did what I did only in order to defend myself".

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"As I was on my own, when I separated two of them more people carried on behind me". "In my statement I describe him as a gentleman with ginger or light brown hair".

The all-rounder allegedly tried to imitate the mannerisms of William O'Connor and Kai Barry as they waited by the entrance to Mbargo night spot in Bristol. Stokes while making fun of the couple flickered the cigarette but at them, that's when Cunningham stepped in.

CCTV footage shows Stokes and Hales then caught up with Ali, Hale, Barry and O'Connor.

England cricket player Ben Stokes arrives at Bristol Crown Court. The third day of the trial earlier heard claims Ali, who was left with a broken eye socket, "seemed to be trying to get away".

The prosecution has read medical evidence of injuries sustained by Ali and Hale.

Hale cycled to hospital, where he was found to have bruising and a 4cm laceration consistent with blunt trauma. Mr Hales told the officers that he had not witnessed any of the alleged fight.

Stokes is facing a charge of affray over a violent incident, which took place in the early hours of September 25 outside a club in Bristol.

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