England cricketer Ben Stokes arrives in court for day two

England cricketer Ben Stokes arrives in court for day two

In the statement, which was read to a jury at Bristol Crown Court, Stokes told officers the men were speaking to the two others in a "harsh and abusive way".

A cigarette butt was then flicked at them and Cunningham said he stepped in, before Hales turned to his friend and said, "Stokesy, don't do that".

He allegedly knocked Hale unconscious, then Ali likewise.

The jurors were shown security camera footage of Ali and Hale holding beer bottles along with Kai Barry and William O'Connor, who the prosecution described as "flamboyant, extrovert and openly gay" regulars at the nightclub.

"Mr Stokes, Mr Hales, Mr Barry and Mr O'Connor are outside of the door of Mbargo together - laughing", Cole said. Door supervisor Andrew Cunningham, 37, told the jury: "I don't like bullies".

Mr Ali and Mr Hale have also pleaded not guilty to affray and are on trial alongside the cricketer.

Nicholas Corsellis, prosecuting, told the jury: "Mr Cunningham observed Mr Stokes's behaviour towards them".

Mr Cunningham, who has worked as a doorman for five years, claimed Stokes spoke to him in a "spiteful tone".

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England cricket player Ben Stokes arrives at Bristol Crown Court. Mr Hales told the officers that he had not witnessed any of the alleged fight.

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.

Stokes told police: "I can hear on the video Alex shouting".

"Neither of us had met the two guys who attacked us with bottles prior to this point - although I had of course seen them briefly. If you want to vent your anger at someone, do it at me not them". While I was trying to stop the fighting, one of the males struck the other in the head with a clenched fist.

Hale cycled to hospital, where he was found to have bruising and a 1.5in superficial laceration to his forehead consistent with blunt trauma. As a result, he claims he "had a reasonable belief they may be carrying more weapons, perhaps of a more serious type". In it, Ali denied saying anything offensive to either Barry or O'Connor, but accepted that "one of the guys" became "quite irate" after "banter" between the men.

"I did not known Ryan Hale or Ryan Ali and I was forced to make a decision as to how far they would be prepared to go and what they might do if they got the upper hand".

"As I was on my own, when I separated two of them more people carried on behind me".