Ashan Ranaweera has been cleared of wrongdoing during a sexual encounter following a 2017 Christmas party, after a jury found him not guilty of rape.
The Mount Beauty cricketer remained calm in Wangaratta County Court on Thursday as the jury revealed its unanimous verdict, acquitting him of all charges.
He had maintained his innocence since his arrest on December 28, 2017 - two days after the alleged incident - and pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape and two of sexual assault.
The woman who made the complaint was 18 years old and claimed Ranaweera, then 43, took advantage of her while she was drunk.
The pair were joking during the party on Christmas Day and sending each other messages over Facebook Messenger, before Ranaweera went back to his house which neighboured the rear of the property.
She sent a message asking him to bring her beer, and he responded by inviting her over to his place so she climbed the back fence and joined him.
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Ranaweera told police in his interview that he had not expected any type of sexual encounter, but she started kissing and hugging him, and they moved to the bedroom.
The prosecution argued he told her they were going back to the house where the party was held, before he led her to the bedroom and forced himself on her.
But the jury rejected that version of events.
They took the better part of two days to reach a finding of not guilty, going out about 11am on Wednesday and delivering the verdict at 3.20pm Thursday.
The trial, held in front of Judge Mandy Fox, ran for seven days.
Ranaweera declined to make a comment when he left the court after the verdict on Thursday afternoon.
His defence barrister John Lavery told the jury during his closing address earlier in the week that any perceived moral issues relating to the 26-year age gap were not an issue and the sex was "clearly consensual".
He said the complainant "had to preserve her story" after claiming she was raped on the night.
"She went over there because she wanted to go over there, there's no other explanation," he said.
Ranaweera, whose family is in his native Sri Lanka, was supported by friends during the trial and they embraced him after the not guilty verdict was delivered.