Sport Ben Stokes to link up with England squad after entering not guilty plea

19:04  13 february  2018
19:04  13 february  2018 Source:   Press Association

Stokes to travel to New Zealand

  Stokes to travel to New Zealand The ECB have announced all-rounder Ben Stokes will travel to New Zealand to meet up with the England squad after he pleaded not guilty to affray at Bristol Magistrates’ Court this morning. In an official statement, the ECB said: “Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad,” “Any decision to include him in upcoming matches will be made by Head Coach Trevor Bayliss and the England management team. He is not currently being considered for the ongoing International T20 Tri-Series.” Whilst Stokes will not be considered for the remaining T20 match in the tri-series which England are now eliminated from, he will be available for the ODIs beginning on February 25, and the test series starting March 22. Stokes will travel down under tomorrow, and it has been confirmed he will not be required to appear at teh fiorst hearing at Bristol Crown Court on March 12.

An ECB spokesman said: “Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad . The clerk read out the charges, and all three defendants indicated not guilty pleas .

An ECB spokesman said: “Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad . The clerk read out the charges, and all three defendants indicated not guilty pleas .

Ben Stokes is headed to join the England team (Andrew Matthews/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Ben Stokes is headed to join the England team

Ben Stokes will fly out to join England’s tour of New Zealand in the next 24 hours.

The 26-year-old all-rounder pleaded not guilty to affray at Bristol Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning and was granted bail before the next hearing in the case takes place on March 12.

Shortly after Stokes’ first court appearance, the England and Wales Cricket Board issued a statement confirming his travel plans.

He is not expected to make an immediate return to the team in the next week, however, as he bids to resume his international career after more than four months of unavailability.

Ben Stokes lands in New Zealand to link up with England team-mates

  Ben Stokes lands in New Zealand to link up with England team-mates Yorkshire duo Liam Plunkett and David Willey embraced the all-rounder on arrival.Stokes pleaded not guilty to a charge of affray at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday and boarded a plane at Heathrow the following day to resume work with England ahead of an anticipated on-field return later this month.

An ECB spokesman said: “Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad . The clerk read out the charges, and all three defendants indicated not guilty pleas .

An ECB spokesman said: “Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad . The clerk read out the charges, and all three defendants indicated not guilty pleas .

An ECB spokesman said: “Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad.

“He departs tomorrow, Wednesday February 14, and will arrive on Friday February 16, ready to train with England team-mates in Hamilton.”

England, who lost the Ashes in Stokes’ absence this winter but hit back with a 4-1 victory in the subsequent one-day international series against Australia, are in danger of an early exit from the ongoing Twenty20 tri-series after defeat against New Zealand in Wellington on Tuesday.

Ben Stokes pleads not guilty to affray at Bristol Court

  Ben Stokes pleads not guilty to affray at Bristol Court England all-rounder Ben Stokes pleaded not guilty to affray at Bristol Magistrates’ Court after he was charged due to an incident outside a nightclub back in September 2017. The 26-year-old claims that he acted in self defence and has been released on bail. His trial will now take place at Bristol Crown Court on March 12th. During the hearing, District Judge Simon Cooper said: “From what I have seen, heard and read this was an indecent of sustained violence in area of the night time economy of Bristol. All had been drinking, weapons were involved at start of the incident. Significant injury was caused to one of the people. The mater does fall within the top level of my sentencing guidelines. On pleas of not guilty, I am satisfied that the likely sentence for at least one of these alleged participants is well in excess of this court’s sentencing powers for a charge of affray. This case will be tried in the Crown Court. I note that there is considerable national interest in the matter.

An ECB spokesman said: “Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad . The clerk read out the charges, and all three defendants indicated not guilty pleas .

An ECB spokesman said: “Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad . The clerk read out the charges, and all three defendants indicated not guilty pleas .

The ECB spokesman added: “Any decision to include him in upcoming matches will be made by head coach Trevor Bayliss and the England management team. He is not currently being considered for the ongoing International T20 Tri-Series.

“(The) ECB fully respects his right to defend himself in court, and any obligations he has within the legal process will always take precedence over England commitments.

“It has been confirmed that he will not be required to return to the UK for the first hearing at Bristol Crown Court on Monday March 12.”

Stokes’ leave from court proceedings on that date perhaps suggests a feasible return to England colours for bilateral ODI and Test series against New Zealand which begin with the 50-over leg on February 25 and end in his native Christchurch on April 3.

Ben Stokes 'won't be risked' against New Zealand

  Ben Stokes 'won't be risked' against New Zealand England won’t risk Ben Stokes in their crucial T20 tri-series game with New Zealand on Sunday, Sky Sports report. Stokes landed in New Zealand on Friday having pleaded not guilty to affray at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday and has practised with the side. The all-rounder’s session included batting in the nets and carrying out fielding drills with the squad, however, he did not bowl. Captain Eoin Morgan is expected to be fit after a recent groin strain, but stated that Stokes is expected to miss out. “We’re not expecting Ben to play, he only got off a long flight yesterday.” Morgan is set to replace James Vince in the side, while seamer Tom Curran and spinner Liam Dawson are possibilities to step in for injured fast bowler Liam Plunkett. Despite losing three from three so far, a win for England on Sunday could see them progress to the final against Australia, however, they will need to better New Zealand’s net run rate in the process.

An ECB spokesman said: “Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad . The clerk read out the charges, and all three defendants indicated not guilty pleas .

An ECB spokesman said: “Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad . The clerk read out the charges, and all three defendants indicated not guilty pleas .

It was confirmed at his Tuesday hearing that he will face a crown court trial over an altercation outside a nightclub in Bristol last September.

The Durham match-winner and England’s Test vice-captain – who was suspended from playing in the Ashes while he waited to hear if he would be charged – is accused of affray along with two other men.

Stokes appeared in court on Tuesday alongside Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 26.

England's Ben Stokes during nets. © Reuters/Peter Cziborra England's Ben Stokes during nets.

It follows the altercation in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol during the early hours of September 25 last year – several hours after England had played a one-day international against West Indies in the city.

It is alleged a 27-year-old man suffered a fractured eye socket in the incident, at which Stokes’ England team-mate Alex Hales was also present.

Ali, Stokes and Hale spoke to confirm their names, dates of births, addresses and nationalities.

The clerk read out the charges, and all three defendants indicated not guilty pleas.

The full charge sheet shows that Stokes, of Castle Eden, Durham, is accused of affray on September 25 at Queens Road in Bristol.

He is accused jointly with Ali and Hale of using or threatening unlawful violence towards another.

The charge states that his “conduct was such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety”.

The other two defendants face the same charge.

Affray is an either-way offence, meaning it can be tried at the magistrates court or the crown court. But all three defendants elected to be tried by a jury at the crown court.

District Judge Simon Cooper told the three defendants: “I have decided that your trial will take place at the crown court at Bristol. The first hearing date will be March 12. You will be on bail.”

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