Cricketer Ben Stokes Told A Jury He Downed Four Lagers, Seven Vodkas And Some Jagerbombs But That He Wasn’t ‘really Drunk’ When He Knocked Out Two Clubbers


ENGLAND cricketer Ben Stokes yesterday listed around a dozen drinks he had on the night he knocked out two clubbers — but insisted he was not “really drunk”.

The 6ft 2in all-rounder told a jury he downed four lagers, seven vodkas and a few Jagerbombs.

PA:Press Association Stokes has suggested he was not ‘really drunk’ on the night of his arrest

Giving evidence for the second day, he explained he had drunk a bottle of beer in the changing room after England’s One-Day victory against the West Indies in Bristol last September.

He had two or three pints back at the hotel over dinner before heading into the city centre with his England team-mates. He then had six or seven vodka and lemonades and “possibly” some Jagerbombs.

After failing to be allowed back into the Mbargo nightclub as it was closing after 2am, 27-year-old Stokes and batsman Alex Hales, 29, were heading to a casino when trouble flared.

Stokes said he could not remember hitting former shopping centre security guard Ryan Ali, 28, or Afghanistan veteran Ryan Hale, 27.

AFP or licensors Ben Stokes arrived at court with his wife Clare for the fifth day of his trial on Friday

PA:Press Association The court was shown CCTV footage of the incident

PA:Press Association Ryan Ali was also seen arriving at court for day five of the trial

PA:Press Association The injuries sustained by Ryan Ali after allegedly being attacked by Stokes

PA:Press Association All-rounder Ben Stokes took to the stand and gave evidence on day four of the trial

He said he intervened because they had hurled homophobic abuse at two other revellers — but was unable to say what those words were. Prosecutor Nicholas Corsellis told him: “You don’t remember any of the words. You don’t really remember significant parts of this incident? Is that because you were really very drunk?”

Durham star Stokes replied: “No.”

CCTV outside Mbargo showed Stokes standing with his arms apart, looking to the sky. Mr Corsellis suggested he was angry after a doorman refused to shake his hand.

Stokes said: “I don’t think you can tell if I’m angry.”

Alamy The England ace says he had up to seven vodka and lemonades, four lagers and a few Jagerbombs (stock picture)

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