Ben Stokes just wanted 'a good night' on evening of nightclub scuffle

Ben Stokes says he was defending gay men in street fight which ended in affray charge

Mr Ali denied being the "initial aggressor" in the incident and replied "definitely not" when asked if he had been looking for a fight.

He then went into Bristol city centre with his England team-mates and had five or six vodka and lemonades and "possibly" some Jaegerbombs.

In a statement, read on Mr Ball's behalf by Mr Stokes's barrister Gordon Cole QC, he said: "He was chilled out".

Mr Ali is alleged to have threatened Mr Stokes' England teammate Alex Hales with a bottle during the altercation, while it is claimed Mr Hale broke off a metal pole from a nearby road sign after being allegedly knocked out by Mr Stokes.

The court was shown multiple pieces of CCTV footage during the cross-examination of Stokes, with one clip appearing to show him flicking a cigarette at the gay couple, William O'Connor and Kai Berry.

"It is not a question of your memory being affected by injury, you were uninjured from the cricket match you played that day".

After putting Stokes in handcuffs, the police officer explains that Stokes is being arrested because, "there is a guy...covered in blood and I've been told you punched him".

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Mr Stokes, 27, told the court that after England's... "At all times I felt under threat from these two".

Mr Ali said the last thing he remembered before waking up in the road was "backing away from Mr Stokes, and getting him into a headlock".

Mr Hale was acquitted of affray on Thursday.

"As soon as I see Mr Ali swing the bottle at someone and physically hit them with it, that's when I took the decision that I needed to get involved".

Asked if he was hiding recollections of the night, he said: "No, all my actions were in self-defence and fearing for my safety". "Is that not the truth?"

Stokes replied again: "Absolutely not".

Stokes told the jury he stepped in after telling the men to stop, but that he had "significant memory blackout" about exactly what they had said to the couple.

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Stokes replied: "You could say that, yes".

Stokes denied being out on a "mission" and said what he wanted that evening was a "good night" with his England teammates.

He also denied making derogatory comments about Mbargo doorman Andrew Cunningham's gold teeth and tattoos.

Mr Corsellis suggested to Stokes that he had been angry, shouted and pointed at Mr Cunningham after the bouncer refused to shake his hand.

Another showed him walking away from the nightclub, in which Stokes said he was "looking at the night's sky" and talking to God.

Stokes denied he was "enraged" in the clip, and said he could not hear his colleague because "there was a lot of shouting at the time".

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