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Cricketer Hales available for selection after Bristol incident

Alex Hales is now available for selection again. Credit: PA

England batsman Alex Hales is available for selection after an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol in September.

Hales will not be facing criminal charges after being with Ben Stokes during an incident which saw Stokes arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.

Hales, 28, was not arrested but was interviewed under caution by police and was not considered for selection.

He could still be punished by the English Cricket Board.

The ECB's internal disciplinary process will not get underway until any criminal proceedings against Stokes are concluded.

Cricketer James Hildreth to walk 130 miles for Children's Hospice

James Hildreth plays for Somerset County Cricket Club. Credit: PA

Cricketer James Hildreth will be trading in his bat for his walking boots today, 18 October.

The Somerset County Cricket Club batsman will begin a 130mile walk in aid of the Children's Hospice South West.

He will set off from the Little Bridge House in Barnstable, along the South West Coastal Path to Little Harbour in St Austell

He aims to arrive in Cornwall on Saturday, 21 October.

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Police appeal for "key witnesses" to alleged Ben Stokes incident

Stokes was arrested last month in Bristol. Credit: PA

Police have renewed their appeal for two men who could be "key witnesses" to an incident in Bristol allegedly involving England cricketer Ben Stokes.

The 26-year-old was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after a brawl outside Mbargo nightclub in Clifton nearly a month ago.

He was released under investigation.

Today Avon and Somerset Police released descriptions of two male witnesses they want to trace after the attack.

One of the men we want to trace is described as white, of slim build, 5ft 9ins tall and aged in his early 20s. He had short dark brown hair, was clean shaven and wore a white t-shirt with a sleeveless jumper, jeans and trainers.

The second man is also white, 5ft 9ins tall and aged in his early 20s but is of a slightly larger build. He had short light brown hair, was also clean shaven and wore a long-sleeved round neck t-shirt, dark/black skinny jeans and trainers.

– Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Ben Stokes will not travel with Ashes squad after Bristol arrest

Ben Stokes was arrested in Bristol last month. Credit: PA

Ben Stokes will not travel with the Ashes squad for the tour to Australia as it stands.

Stokes was arrested in Bristol last month on suspicion of actual bodily harm after an incident outside a Clifton nightclub.

The ECB has confirmed that while the all-rounder has still been awarded a central contract, bowler Steven Finn has been added to the Ashes squad in his place.

While Stokes is not travelling with the rest of the squad on 28 October, his involvement in the Ashes has not officially been ruled out.

We have spoken to Ben and assured him that our decision in no way prejudges the outcome of the ongoing police investigation or cricket discipline commission process, as can be seen by the award of central contracts.

– Andrew Strauss, England director of cricket

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Somerset survive on final day of season

Somerset's Craig Overton has been included in England's Ashes squad. Credit: PA

Somerset County Cricket Club have successfully avoided relegation, defeating fellow strugglers Middlesex by 231 runs at Taunton.

Going into the match Somerset were in the relegation position and appeared the favourites to go down.

They restricted Middlesex to just 142 in the first innings meaning a victory would be enough to guarantee top flight status for another season.

Declaring yesterday when on 250-9, a remarkable bowling spell this morning dismantled the Middlesex batting lineup with 7 wickets falling for just 73 runs.

Somerset's Jack Leach who yesterday Sir Ian Botham said should have made the Ashes squad responded in style by claiming five wickets.

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Middlesex must now await Hampshire's result against Warwickshire to see which team will be relegated.

Matt Maynard to leave Somerset Cricket Club at end of season

Maynard says he will leave the club "with a heavy heart". Credit: ITV West Country

Somerset Cricket Club says Director of Cricket Matt Maynard will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

The club has decided to separate the roles of Director of Cricket and Head Coach.

Somerset CEO Lee Cooper says the club is parting company with Maynard "on very amicable terms".

He has worked tremendously hard for Somerset County Cricket Club during his tenure and we unreservedly thank him for his contribution.

– Lee Cooper

Maynard says he will leave the club "with a heavy heart".

I have thoroughly enjoyed my three years in Taunton and would like to thank all the players, support staff, committee and Members for their support during my tenure. We came so close to securing the Holy Grail last season, but it was not to be. With the enormously talented young players at the Club, along with the quality senior players, I’m sure success and silverware will come in the not too distant future.

– Matt Maynard

Somerset says it will announce a new Director of Cricket and Head Coach shortly.

West Country all-rounder named in Ashes Squad

Craig Overton has been selected in England's Ashes squad to face Australia this winter. Credit: PA

Craig Overton has been selected in England's Ashes squad to face Australia this winter.

The Somerset all-rounder is yet to feature at Test level but was named in England's T20 squad against South Africa.

The 23-year-old, who was born in Barnstaple, Devon, will join a host of big names as England look to retain the Ashes trophy.

Ben Stokes has been selected in the squad and will remain as vice-captain despite his arrest in Bristol on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.

England's 16-man squad for the Ashes series in Australia: Joe Root, captain (Yorkshire), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Craig Overton (Somerset), Ben Stokes (Durham), Mark Stoneman (Surrey), James Vince (Hampshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

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