Ben Hollioake

Ben Hollioake

Infobox cricketer biography
playername = Ben Hollioake
country = England
fullname = Benjamin Caine Hollioake
dayofbirth = 11
monthofbirth = 11
yearofbirth = 1977
placeofbirth = Melbourne
countryofbirth = Australia
dayofdeath = 23
monthofdeath = 3
yearofdeath = 2002
placeofdeath = Perth
countryofdeath = Australia
batting = Right-handed
bowling = Right arm fast-medium
role = All-rounder
family = AJ Hollioake (brother)
international = true
testdebutdate = 7 August
testdebutyear = 1997
testdebutagainst = Australia

lasttestdate = 31 August
lasttestyear = 1998
lasttestagainst = Sri Lanka
odidebutdate = 25 May
odidebutyear = 1997
odidebutagainst = Australia

lastodidate = 28 January
lastodiyear = 2002
lastodiagainst = India
club1 = Surrey
year1 = 1996–2001
deliveries = balls
columns = 4
column1 = Tests
matches1 = 2
runs1 = 44
bat avg1 = 11.00
100s/50s1 = 0/0
top score1 = 28
deliveries1 = 252
wickets1 = 4
bowl avg1 = 49.75
fivefor1 = –
tenfor1 = –
best bowling1 = 2/105
catches/stumpings1 = 2/–
column2 = ODI
matches2 = 20
runs2 = 309
bat avg2 = 20.60
100s/50s2 = 0/2
top score2 = 63
deliveries2 = 642
wickets2 = 8
bowl avg2 = 66.50
fivefor2 = 0
tenfor2 = n/a
best bowling2 = 2/37
catches/stumpings2 = 6/–
column3 = FC
matches3 = 75
runs3 = 2794
bat avg3 = 25.87
100s/50s3 = 3/14
top score3 = 163
deliveries3 = 7293
wickets3 = 126
bowl avg3 = 33.45
fivefor3 = 1
tenfor3 = 0
best bowling3 = 5/51
catches/stumpings3 = 68/–
column4 = LA
matches4 = 136
runs4 = 2481
bat avg4 = 24.08
100s/50s4 = 0/14
top score4 = 98
deliveries4 = 4833
wickets4 = 142
bowl avg4 = 28.22
fivefor4 = 1
tenfor4 = n/a
best bowling4 = 5/10
catches/stumpings4 = 44/–
date = 23 March
year = 2002
source = Cricinfo

Benjamin Caine Hollioake (11 November 1977 – 23 March 2002) was an all rounder for Surrey County Cricket Club and the England cricket team. He was born in Melbourne, Australia, and moved to England as a boy, along with his older brother Adam.

A graceful batsman who was capable of massive hitting, and a useful medium pacer with a knack of taking wickets, Ben joined his older brother Adam at Surrey in 1995. Considered the more naturally gifted of the two brothers, Hollioake impressed many with his hard hitting batting, canny medium pace, and athletic fielding, and in 1997, aged only 19, he was called up to England's ODI squad to play Australia. Selected for the third and final game of the series at Lord's Ben performed stunningly in his ODI debut, striking 63 runs off 48 balls against Australia and becoming Man of the Match, and England won the 3-match series 3-0. Such a stunning performance led to the media comparing him to the great English all-rounder Ian Botham, with many journalists calling him "The most exciting young English cricketer in a decade" due to his exciting brand of cricket, good looks, and natural charisma.

England were not performing so well in the 1997 Ashes series when Ben and Adam made their Test debuts together, on 7 August 1997. England were losing the 6-Test series 2-1 when the Hollioake brothers were selected for the fifth Test, becoming the fifth set of brothers to play for England in the same Test and the third to make a debut together after the Grace and Hearne brothers. Still only 19, Ben was England's youngest Test player since Brian Close in 1949. However, a loss in that match, and England's questionable selection policies at the time, meant Ben lost his place in the team soon after, and he toured that winter with the England A team. Ben played one more Test match, against Sri Lanka in 1998, and drifted in and out of the one day team, but never quite established himself as first choice all rounder, although towards the end of his career he was showing signs of becoming a more consistent player.


Ben Hollioake died in 2002 in Perth, Australia near his childhood school Wesley College, Perth, when he crashed his Porsche 968 convertible into a wall on the Mill Point Road exit of the Kwinana Freeway on his way home from a family celebration. The tragic death of one of English cricket's most well-liked players at the age of 24 years 132 days was the youngest of any England Test cricketer.

Ben's brother Adam and the Hollioake family wanted to create an everlasting memory in Ben’s name, so Adam established the CHASE Ben Hollioake fund in 2002. Adam was already involved with CHASE hospice care for children and as a result, the fund was set up and in association with CHASE aims to raise as much funding as possible for CHASE to continue providing their caring service to families with life-limited children and young people.

ee also

*List of Test or One-day International cricket families

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