Sport Stokes to travel to New Zealand

14:42  13 february  2018
14:42  13 february  2018 Source:   readsport.co

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.

Ben Stokes has confirmed he will not travel to New Zealand for the T20 series until after his court hearing on February 13. The 26-year-old will miss the first T20 match England play in New Zealand as it is scheduled for the same day as his hearing.

Ben Stokes is travelling to New Zealand to practise and spend time with his family. The ECB has confirmed to Sky Sports News that the 26-year-old "is not on his way to the Ashes, England Lions or any other official training camps with the England setup".

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.”

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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.

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

  Ben Stokes to link up with England squad after entering not guilty plea England are playing Tests and one-day internationals in New Zealand.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.

Ben Stokes arrived in New Zealand on Wednesday and could feature for Canterbury on Sunday. Though the ECB granted preliminary permission on Friday for Stokes to play abroad, it was not aware that he was travelling to New Zealand on Monday.

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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.

England Cricketer Ben Stokes On Trial For Affray © Matt Cardy/Getty Images News England Cricketer Ben Stokes On Trial For Affray

Australia crush New Zealand to win T20 tri-series .
Australia cruised to a comfortable victory over New Zealand in the Trans-Tasman T20 series final to maintain their perfect winning record in the tournament, according to a report on the Daily Mail. The win was confirmed by an unsatisfactory method as they secured a 19-run win against New Zealand under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in the rain-affected final. They finished the tournament with an unbeaten record over five matches, which included a comprehensive win over England. The title has seen them shoot up the world rankings from seventh to first place. Australia captain David Warner was delighted with the performance of the team. He said: “Right from the get go we played superb cricket. I just asked the guys to execute with energy in everything we did and they have.” “People talk about us not taking T20 seriously, but this bunch have come with superb form and I couldn’t be prouder of the guys. It proves the great depth in Australia cricket.” New Zealand only posted a modest score of 150 for 9, which led to Australian batsmen Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch to comfortably lead them to victory. The only negative news for Australia from the win is the injury suffered by batsman Chris Lynn, who dislocated his shoulder while diving. Lynn will return to Brisbane to have further scans on the injury which will then reveal the severity of the injury.

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