The English cricketer Ben Stokes is the father of two kids, a son & a daughter, with his wife, Clare Ratcliffe. He celebrated his eldest child, son Layton Stokes’ 10th birthday on October 23, 2022.
Benjamin Andrew Stokes, OBE, is an English international cricketer & the captain of the England test team.
The cricketer has played in many Twenty20 leagues around the world for the Durham domestic team.
Moreover, Ben was also a member of the England team that won the Cricket World Cup of 2019. He was also named Man of the Match in the final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
Stokes also became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2020 New Year’s Honours for his contributions to cricket.
Other accolades of this cricketer include the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World Award (2019, 2020 & 2023), the ICC Award for Best Men’s Cricketer, and the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
In February 2023, he beat the previous record for the most sixes hit in a Test career, set by the coach at the time, Brendan McCullum.
Bonding Of Ben Stokes With His Son
Ben Stokes and his son have a great bond. The father-son duo is famous all over the internet.
Let’s go back to the time when Ben took his son for a spin in Ferrari.
Ben Stokes celebrated his cricketing successes by driving his five-year-old son Layton around South Africa in a Ferrari.
The cricketer was named man of the match at Newlands after capturing the final three wickets.
Ben said after the victory at Newlands: ‘I’ve had a few knee issues and stuff like that, but I’ve got the three lions on my chest, which is such a proud thing.”
Stokes rented a Ferrari, kept his son in the passenger seat, and drove around Camps Bay in Cape Town.
This shows the bond that a father and son share with each other. Moreover, Layton also seems to love cricket and is willing to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Relationship With Wife And Kids
Clare Ratcliffe is the wife of cricketer Ben Stokes. Clare Stokes was born on October 7, 1996, in East Brent, Somerset, United Kingdom.
Ratcliffe used to work as a primary school teacher; however, the wife left her job as a teacher to give full attention to her children.
Clare refers to herself as a “cricket widow” and “parents to two monsters” in a fun way.
Clare Ratcliffe met Ben Stokes in August 2010 at an Old Trafford match between Lancashire and Durham when the latter had just begun his career.
The two via Facebook and hit it off right away.
Though, they had to deal with a long-distance relationship for five months- Clare was studying in Taunton, and Ben Stokes was playing county cricket for Durham.
After dating for three years, the duo got engaged in 2013.
And the following four years, they married on October 14, 2017, at the church of St Mary the Virgin in East Brent.
The couple welcomed their first child, Layton Stokes, on October 23, 2012.
On February 16, 2015, the couple welcomed their second child, Libby Stokes.
Both of his kids were born before their marriage- in fact, at their wedding, the pair’s son & daughter were four & two years old, respectively.
Ben Stokes’ children are also active on Instagram- their account is managed by their mother, Clare Stokes.