Stokes fails to take wicket, scores two on Canterbury debut

Stokes batted at No 4 but was summed early as Canterbury slumped to five for two

He then proved unsuccessful with the ball, taking none for 49 off nine overs as Otago chased down the target with 15 balls to spare.

Hales was also involved in the street brawl that went down in Bristol along with England all-rounder Ben Stokes who was removed from the Ashes squad.

The Cumbrian flew to New Zealand, the place of his birth, earlier in the week and signed as an overseas player for Canterbury on Thursday.

However, the 26-year-old's innings only lasted seven balls as he played on to 33-year-old left-arm spinner Anaru Kitchen to leave his new side struggling on 10 for three.

Avon & Somerset Police have passed their file to the Crown Prosecution Service for advice on whether to charge Stokes.

Having made a strong start to their pursuit of 222 with an opening stand of 175, Otago's middle order collapsed, leaving them on 198 for 7 with six overs remaining.


Canterbury travel to Auckland Aces in their second match of the one-day competition on Wednesday.

Stokes appeared to hurt his side during the game, but Canterbury coach Gary Stead said: "It's just general stiffness".

Durham's Stokes was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after an incident on 25 September in which a man suffered a fractured eye socket.

United Kingdom police have finalised their investigation into the fight with prosecutors now deciding whether to charge England's vice-captain.

Both Hales and Stokes were not considered for selection for the Ashes in Australia, but the former is now free to play in upcoming contests.

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