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Ben Stokes was ‘spiteful and angry before street fight’

‘Verbally abusive’: Ben Stokes outside the court. He had helped England win a one-day match shortly before the alleged affray PICTURE: SWNS

ENGLAND cricketer Ben Stokes was ‘spiteful and angry’ towards a doorman who refused him entry to a nightclub, a court heard.

He also mocked two gay men who were leaving the club, the second day of his trial for affray was told.

Doorman Andrew Cunningham, 37, said Stokes and teammate Alex Hales attempted to gain entry to Mbargo in Bristol after it closed at 2am

They had been in the club earlier with other members of the England team, who had won a one-day international against the West Indies in the city that day.

Mr Cunningham said: ‘The ginger one offered me £60 and asked me if that would get them in. He had a conversation with his friend and he said “£300 get us in” and I still told them no. He got a bit verbally abusive towards myself. He mentioned my gold teeth and he said I looked like a c*** and I replied, “Thank you very much”.

‘He just looked at me and told me my tattoos were s**t.’

When asked what sort of tone Stokes was using, Mr Cunningham replied: ‘Quite a spiteful tone, quite an angry tone.’

Footage of the incident outside the club was shown to the jury at Bristol crown court. In one clip Stokes, 27, appears to be waving with both hands. Det Con Daniel Adams said: ‘Presumably the CCTV has been brought to their attention because they are waving.’

Turned cricketers away: Nightclub doorman Andrew Cunningham PICTURE: PA

Mr Cunningham said two gay men he knew, William O’Connor and Kai Barry, then emerged from the club, acting in a ‘flamboyant’ manner. Stokes ‘started to take the mick’ and flicked a cigarette butt at them, he told the jury. Mr Cunningham said two others also accused of affray- Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27 — came out of Mbargo and walked off with Mr O’Connor and Mr Barry.

Prosecutors allege trouble flared when Stokes, from Durham, and Mr Hales caught up with the four men. Ali allegedly threatened Mr Hales with a bottle, and Ryan Hale is said to have wielded a pole. Stokes is accused of knocking out Ali and Hale, both from Bristol. He claims they were being homophobic. All three accused deny affray. The trial continues.