Jurors have did not reach verdicts in the trial of a cricketer accused of raping a sleeping woman.

Former Worcestershire CCC all rounder Alex Hepburn, 2 3, had refused two charges believed to have been committed past April.

Jurors at Worcester Crown Court lasted for over nine months before telling the judge these were unlikely to agree on verdicts.

Mr Hepburn will learn if he faces a retrial in just a couple of weeks.

Before the jury had been discharged, trial judge Jim Tindal gave a majority direction, meaning he would accept verdicts on which at least ten members agreed.

But the set of eight women and four men eventually passed an email to Mr Tindal informing him of the deadlock.

A retrial was provisionally recorded for April 8 and also Australian-born Mr Hepburn, of Portland Street, was released on bond.

Prosecutors have accused him of attacking the lady once she had consensual sex with his former team mate Joe Clarke.

Mr Hepburn said his encounter with the complainant had also been consensual.

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