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NZ radio hosts suspended over Stokes row

Ben Stokes Credit: PA

Two radio hosts in New Zealand have been given a one-day suspension after broadcasting a rant from Cockermouth cricketer Ben Stokes’ mother- without her permission.

Deborah Stokes phoned the Auckland-based radio station to make a complaint against the two presenters, who had been mocking Stokes for his performance in the World T20 final.

She was told that her call was off-air, however she was actually put through to the on-air studio and the row was broadcast live.

In the phonecall, Mrs Stokes says she's “totally brassed off” by the way the presenters talked about her son.

"It's not even about the cricket. It's about the personal attack on him. They called him arrogant and then they called him some sort of name. They don't know him! They wouldn't have a blooming clue."

– Deborah Stokes talking on the radio

The presenters have been taken off-air for one day as a result.

Read about the messages of support for Ben Stokes following the defeat, here.



Stokes: "It's nice to come back to my roots"

Ben Stokes says that he never thought twice about saying yes when he was asked to attend the opening of the new pavilion at Wetheral Cricket Club:

Ben Stokes makes surprise appearance at Wetheral Cricket Club

Ben Stokes Credit: ITV Border

England all rounder Ben Stokes surprised and delighted dozens of young fans in Cumbria on Friday night, when he turned up to open their new cricket pavilion.

The 24 year old who grew up in Cockermouth, returned home to officially unveil the new facilities at Wetheral Cricket Club.

Stokes meeting young fans Credit: ITV Border

Fans young and old, queued up to get their bat and balls signed by the star, who was part of the England winning Ashes side in the summer.

He told ITV Border that when invited to come along he said yes straight away because he and the whole of the England team, want people to fall in love with cricket again.

The new pavilion at Wetheral Cricket Club Credit: ITV Border

Ben Stokes bowls career best during Ashes triumph

England's Ashes-winning players celebrated an unforgettable Ashes success at Trent Bridge, taking the final three wickets to seal an-innings-and-78-run win and an unassailable 3-1 lead with a game to spare.

Durham's Mark Wood and Ben Stokes celebrate after winning the Ashes. Credit: PA

Cockermouth's Ben Stokes picked up his sixth wicket of the innings when he had Mitchell Starc caught by Ian Bell at second slip. It earned him his career best in bowling with six wickets for 36 runs in the second innings.

Fellow Durham teammate Mark Wood, from Ashington, then cleaned up Josh Hazlewood for a duck. He followed it up by the all important final wicket, scattering Nathan Lyon's stumps before wheeling away in celebration.

Credit: PA

After the win England's record wicket-taker, James Anderson, told Sky Sports: "It was amazing. What a feeling going round the field. Ben Stokes' performance in the second innings was incredible. I can't believe we've managed to achieve it."

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