England cricketer Ben Stokes the 'main aggressor' in street brawl - court hears

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Ben Stokes was the "main aggressor" in a late night street fight in Bristol that left one man with serious facial injuries including a broken eye socket and deep cut to his face, a court heard.

England cricket player Ben Stokes arrives at Bristol Crown Court.

Bristol Crown Court previously heard Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27, were knocked unconscious by 27-year-old Mr Stokes, who denies affray. I said something like 'leave it out - you shouldn't be taking the piss because they're gay'. He mentioned my gold teeth and he said I looked like a c... and I replied, "Thank you very much".

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.

"He had a conversation with his friend and he said "300 get us in" and I still told them no".

"They had shown a willingness to use weapons in attacking people and were willing to gang up such that at points, the pair of them were attacking me on my own".

Mr. Stokes, in a written statement given to police after he had been arrested, said he had acted in self-defence when punching Mr. Ali and Mr.

"I was anxious it might be two on to one and I knew one had had a bottle just before this", he said. "I got a little frightened so closed the window and went back to bed".

The court has heard it was Stokes who had struck Ryan Ali, knocking him to the floor.

"Mr Stokes, Mr Hales, Mr Barry and Mr O'Connor are outside of the door of Mbargo together - laughing", Cole said.

In statements provided to the police in the aftermath of the incident and read to the court on the third day of the trial - the first time since the incident that Stokes' version of events has been made public - he also claimed that two men (Kai Barry and William O'Connor), who he claims had been subjected to "nasty homophobic abuse" from Ali and Hale, thanked him for protecting them.

Stokes, who was smoking on the evening, allegedly flicked his cigarette butt at O'Connor's head.

Stokes told police he "did not feel in any way drunk or impaired" and that he had consumed two or three pints at dinner before a further five drinks of vodka with a mixer in the Mbargo nightclub.

She told the court the cricketer had been "squaring up" to a group of men at the side of the road as she approached them.

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