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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


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).

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).

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
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