A person tried to restrain England cricketer Ben Stokes to cease him attacking his injured pal exterior a nightclub in Bristol, a courtroom has heard.
Ryan Ali, 28 was allegedly knocked out by the Durham all-rounder within the incident exterior Mbargo final 12 months.
Mr Ali, of Bristol, is on trial with Mr Stokes on the metropolis’s crown courtroom. Each males deny affray.
Ryan Hale, 27, was acquitted of the identical cost on Thursday.
Mr Ali instructed jurors his recollection of occasions was “incomplete” after he suffered a “important head harm” exterior the membership within the Clifton triangle space of the town within the early hours of 25 September.
He stated he may keep in mind strolling with Mr Hale and two homosexual males, Kai Barry and William O’Connor “having some banter” when he noticed “what I assumed was a tall blonde man within the highway charging in direction of me”.
The courtroom heard earlier that Mr Stokes stepped in to defend Mr Barry and Mr O’Connor, who he stated Mr Ali and Mr Hale had made homophobic slurs in direction of them.
Mr Ali recalled saying “I do not need any hassle” and stated he was “attempting to calm [Mr Stokes] down”.
“He then turns his consideration away from me and begins charging in direction of my pal, Ryan Hale, who remains to be unconscious within the highway,” he stated.
“I noticed that as a possibility to attempt to restrain Mr Stokes to forestall him from attacking my pal who was laid unconscious on the ground and who was unable to defend himself”.
Mr Stokes, of Fort Eden, Durham, was arrested within the early hours together with Mr Ali, of Bristol, and Mr Hale, of Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol.
The struggle occurred a number of hours after England had performed a one-day worldwide in opposition to the West Indies on the metropolis’s County Floor.
The trial continues.