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England cricketer Ben Stokes was arrested and released without charge in Bristol

Stokes had been playing at Gloucestershire's Brightside Ground in Bristol. Credit: PA

The ECB says Ben Stokes was arrested after an incident in Bristol early Monday morning and released without charge.

Stokes played for England in Sunday's win over the West Indies, scoring 73 runs.

Avon and Somerset Police say they were called to a disorder in Queens Road, Clifton, at around 2.35am on Monday.

A 27-year-old man was found to have suffered facial injuries and was taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary for treatment.

The ECB says all-rounder Stokes will not be available for tomorrow’s fourth one-day international against West Indies.

The governing body adds Stokes' team-mate Alex Hales will also miss tomorrow's match after he "returned voluntarily to Bristol today to help Police with their enquiries".

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be available for tomorrow’s One-Day International match against West Indies at The Oval. Stokes was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning, 25 September, following an incident in Bristol. He was held overnight and released under investigation - without charge - late on Monday and will not join the team in London. Hales, who was with Stokes on Sunday night, did not train this morning and has returned voluntarily to Bristol today to help Police with their enquiries. You will understand that we cannot offer further detail at this stage but will provide any updates when we can.

– ECB Statement

England to face world's best cricket team in Bristol

England holding a nets session at the Brightside Ground in May. Credit: PA

Gloucestershire Cricket Club will host England and India in an International T20 match next year.

The ECB has announced next summer’s International schedule for England’s men’s teams.

England facing world no. 1 Test side India at Gloucestershire's Brightside Ground in Bristol is set to be a highlight of the summer

We are absolutely delighted to be playing host to England and India in an International T20 in 2018. As two of the power houses of cricket it will be a real treat for followers of the game and we are expecting a record-breaking sell-out crowd for the match.

– Will Brown, Chief Executive Gloucestershire Cricket Club

England v India, Sunday 8 July 2018, 2pm, The Brightside Ground (Bristol).

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Marcus Trescothick signs new contract with Somerset Cricket

Marcus Trescothick with Somerset Head Coach Paul Maynard. Credit: ITV West Country

Marcus Trescothick has signed a contract extension with Somerset Cricket until the end of the 2018 season. The 41-year-old batsman has spent 25 seasons at the club.

He has scored more First Class centuries and more List A runs than any player in Somerset’s history.

Trescothick's career to date has provided a number of impressive statistics:

  • 25 seasons with Somerset
  • 25269 first class runs in his career to date
  • 76 tests for England

The former international batsman says he is still looking ahead to more success with Somerset.

My hunger, desire and passion to play is as strong as it was when I started. The club itself, along with the members and supporters have stuck by me through thick and thin and it’s an honour to step out in to the middle and represent them.

– Marcus Trescothick

England Women's Cricket Team prepare for Final

England have won 6 straight matches in the tournament. Credit: ITV News

England Women's Cricket team are preparing ahead of tomorrow's World Cup Final clash against India at Lords.

England have won 6 straight matches in the tournament since losing to India in their opening game.

They beat South Africa in the semi-final in Bristol on Tuesday. Devon's Heather Knight will captain the side

The final is set to be a sell out with more than 26,000 people expected to attend.

Gloucestershire Cricket sign Sri Lankan International

Gloucestershire Cricket have announced the signing of Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera. Credit: Credit: PA

Gloucestershire Cricket have announced the signing of Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera.

The 28-year-old will be joining Gloucestershire for the NatWest T20 Blast campaign this year.

A T20 World Cup winner who has over 100 appearances for Sri Lanka in One-Day Internationals and 56 International T20 appearances, Perera will bring experience to the Gloucestershire dressing room.

Perera hit the winning runs in the ICC World Twenty 20 Final in 2014 and has played in T20 tournaments all around the globe.

Recently playing for the Melbourne Renegades in the Australian Big Bash, Perera has also scored runs and taken wickets in the Caribbean Premier League and Indian Premier League.

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Phil DeFreitas joins Swindon Cricket Club as head coach.

Phil DeFreitas (middle) Credit: Swindon Cricket Club

Former England cricketer Phil DeFreitas has been announced as the head coach of Swindon Cricket Club for the next 3 years.

As head coach, Phil will work with the existing team of English Cricket Board qualified coaches to help players of all ages and abilities.

The 50-year-old, nicknamed Daffy, played 44 test matches and 103 one day internationals during his professional career.

DeFreitas has the honour of being the 100th player in test cricket to take 100 wickets.

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