Ben Stokes ‘spiteful and angry to bouncer before nightclub fight’

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    Image caption Ben Stokes arrives at Bristol Crown Court for the second day of his trial

    England cricketer Ben Stokes was “spiteful and angry” towards a bouncer before he was involved in a fight with two men, a court has heard.

    The Durham all-rounder is one of three men accused of fighting in Bristol on 25 September.

    Bristol Crown Court previously heard Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27, were knocked unconscious by 27-year-old Mr Stokes.

    They also deny affray and are on trial alongside the cricketer.

    Giving evidence, bouncer Andrew Cunningham said Mr Stokes became abusive after he was refused entry back into Mbargo nightclub in the early hours.

    Refused entry

    CCTV footage played in court appears to show Mr Stokes flicking a V-sign at Mr Cunningham.

    Mr Stokes and his team-mate Alex Hales had left the nightclub at 00:46 BST but returned at 02:08.

    Mr Cunningham said he explained to them the club was closed and they would not be allowed to enter.

    He told the jury Mr Stokes offered him £300 to be let in, but after he refused the all-rounder became “spiteful and angry” and insulted Mr Cunningham’s gold teeth and tattoos.

    The trial continues.

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