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Sunday, 24 March, 2002, 08:30 GMT
Tributes to Ben Hollioake
The cricket world was stunned by the news of England cricketer Ben Hollioake's death.
We asked you to send your tributes and your messages were passed onto the Hollioake family:
It was a very nice gesture and much appreciated. We are proud that you did this for Ben and would like it very much if you could thank all those people who took the trouble to write a tribute to Ben.
We would also like to thank those who included prayers of support for Ben's girlfriend, Janaya, in their tributes in her struggle for life. She is doing fairly well and we are all hoping that she maintains a good rate of progress to full health and until she is fully recovered.
The Hollioake Family, John, Daria, Adam, Eboni, Sherryn and Bennaya.
A selection of your tributes appear below.
Although I didn't know him and had never met him, I was deeply saddened by the news of Ben's tragic death. I live in Perth (Wembley) and I am the same age as him and I have no words to express what a truly terrible waste of life this has been. He had so much more to live and give.
To the Hollioake family, especially Adam and his parents, I send my deepest and most heartfelt sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this awful time. My thoughts also extend to Janaya Scholten and her family and also to Ben's friends and colleagues. I am so sorry for your loss.
My memories of Ben are of a beautiful, cheeky, energetic three-year-old running around our house in Hong Kong. Daria and my mum always trying to keep tabs on him while Adam seemed to look on in bewilderment. My heart goes out to Daria, John, Eboni, Adam, Janaya and her family. Such a beautiful family did not deserve to loose such a beautiful son.
I'm not a fan of the England Cricket Squad being a supporter of Indian cricket. However I remember Ben first caught my attention in a magazine article with his brother appearing as the next big thing both sport and model wise.
I just remember thinking wow who is this guy and I definitely started taking more of an interest. I just want to say that Ben Hollioake changed the face of cricket in a lot of peoples eyes and most of all for the younger generation aspiring to be world class cricketers like himself.
It's now five days since I heard the news and it still brings tears to my eyes. We've lost a genuine star. So, so sad.
All cricket fans all over the world will truly miss him.
The untimely death of Ben is a tragic loss to not only England but to the game of cricket. He was a real vibrant, dynamic and a zestful guy. His presence in the cricket field especially in the one-day matches will be missed.
Tragedy has robbed cricket of a fine young talent. From his glorious start to international cricket he embodied a spirit that cricket needs: the idea of being positive, something that was lacking in English play at the time. He will be missed by all of us who saw him play. At this devastating time let's remember the best of Ben. Rest in peace.
I heard of the accident on the news and it is a great loss to the England side and his family. For a person to die so young, at an age when a person is full of life, is mournful for anyone. I only hope that his family and friends learn to cope with this pain that has come upon them, and I pray that he may rest in peace.
This news is very sad and it is still difficult to believe the fact that Ben is not with us. Ben was a wonderful young player, always smiling and a hard worker on and off the field.
We miss you very much.
It is indeed very sad to learn about the abrupt end to Ben Hollioake's life, which had everything to look forward to and so much to deliver. May his soul rest in peace and God forbid that such a fate meets a talented young man again.
I'm writing a tribute piece about Ben Hollioake for the Sunday Times News Review and would really like to hear from those who actually knew him. The outpouring of sympathy and genuine affection for Ben that has been expressed on this site is truly amazing.
Ben was clearly a warm, vibrant and inspiring man and I'd really like to be able to include some anecdotes and amusing or touching memories of the person he really was. I can be reached by email on email@example.com
It's such a sad loss to the cricket world. May God rest his soul in peace and provide strength to his family and friends.
I was shocked to hear of the tragic death of Benjamin Caine Hollioake. In June last year I wrote an article saying how England should bring back the Hollioake brothers into the Test side. I am a big Surrey Lions fan and it felt like I had lost somebody close, even though I never had the pleasure of meeting Ben. For me, everything just seemed to stop, and I shed a tear.
It is horrible that Ben died in tragic circumstances and my thoughts are with his whole family, his fans, companions and fellow players. Benjamin only played two Tests and he would have played more to show his true potential, which I have witnessed being a Surrey fan. We will never know how much potential Ben had, which is a shame. God bless you Benjamin. I hope Janaya does pull through.
Such a horrible tragedy to happen to a guy so young. Being of a similar age, he was someone to genuinely look up to as one who has made a real go of his life. Seemed a 'bloody good bloke' too!
Shocking, upsetting and sad, I feel for his parents in their sorrow. He and his brother played the game as gentlemen, but they inspired the youth with their style of play. His death touched many people. Wherever you are mate, I hope you still watching the game, you will be missed by everyone who enjoyed the game of cricket.
The tragic news of Ben's death was a shock that you don't experience often, and certainly moved me. My deepest sympathy to the Hollioake family. As a Surrey member, the club shall not be the same without him. It is deeply distressing to see such a young talent gone in such a way, just as he was finding his footing in his career. A fine role model to youngsters, he certainly was to me. God bless Ben, you shall be sorely missed.
I am deeply saddened to hear of Ben's untimely death. He had a great future ahead of him and I feel extremely sorry for his parents and family. The Surrey team will miss him greatly and a light for the future of England cricket has gone out.
Ben - you will be sorely missed at The Oval. I will remember you as a great entertainer with the ball, the bat and in the field. I send my heartfelt condolences to the Hollioake family and I will always think of your immense quality when playing the game in the future.
In times like these we should all reflect on life and see what it's all about. What seems a necessity in life becomes no more that a trivia with death. I on the behalf of all West Indians give my condolences to Ben's family and the Surrey and England cricket board.
What his family must be going through at this time does not bear thinking about. The effect on his team mates in NZ can only be imagined. Our horror at this terrible tragedy can only be a fraction of theirs. We will never know what Ben could have achieved - only marvel at what he did, particularly when he hit the English Test team in those memorable one-day matches when he was so young.
I am stunned by his death. He was definitely one of the best cricketers of the world. He will be missed by the masses. My condolences are with his family.
I went to see Ben play in his first England game in 1997 and he was the star of the game. He will be sorely missed by everyone who loves cricket. My heart goes to is girlfriend, his family, his friends, his brother, his club Surrey and to the England team. The team have lost one of their friends, a team mate and of course a very young and experienced top class player.
When he and his brother Adam were both capped by England I cried because they were not just two brothers playing for England, they were two brothers playing for England with pride, with Ben knowing that he had his brother Adam there to guide him through it all. He was more of a one-day player but he could bring that to the Test match stage when he needed to. We will all miss his talent in cricket.
When I first saw Ben play, then I knew that I wanted to play cricket. Thanks to David Lloyd for picking him in 1997 and thanks to Ben for some fantastic inspiration and some cracking cricket. Ben gave me so much pleasure to watch him play.
Death can be so cruel; this is an example of that. A fine young man who could have been a great all rounder for the great English team just vanished in a moment. Our sympathies are with Ben's family and English team. May god give strength to his family to cope with this tragic and untimely death.
Absolutely devastating news, I heard whilst watching the Test match and I was so upset. It really did hit me in a big way, so that makes me want to wish my support to all the friends and family of Ben, and the England team in what must be the worst circumstances in which to play a match.
Ben was such a talent, and was coming into his prime, an England World Cup place in the bag, such a tragedy. He was what cricket needed, young, charismatic players to bring the game to greater numbers of children. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace.
I was shocked to read the news of Ben Hollioake's untimely death.
My sincere condolences to his family and the England cricket team.
Written words are not enough to describe this tragedy. We have lost a gifted cricketer, but more importantly, his family have lost a son and brother.
When I heard I was devastated. A great guy, I remember watching him play in the second one-day international in Chennai couple of months ago. He was a class player and a cool guy. May God strengthen their families at this sad moment. My deepest condolences to Ben's family.
Ben was the reason I began to watch cricket and it's not hard to see why. I was so excited by the thought he may have played for my team, Warwickshire, but I have so much respect for his loyalty and dedication to Surrey. He will always be my favourite cricketer. I can't quite believe he's gone. I'm so grateful for the chance to meet him and watch him. I owe him a lot and he will truly be missed. Thank you Ben, I'll never forget you.
Very devastating news of the loss of this fine young man and excellent cricketer. My family and I send our condolences to his family, friends and the England cricket team. Our thoughts remain with them. May he rest in peace. Forever you will be in our memories.
Like Bill Gasson and Chris Brewer, I was lucky enough to have played some cricket with Ben at Send. The news of Ben's sudden death is a great shock; my thoughts are with his family and his girlfriend. Ben, thank you for all those happy memories.
I was deeply shocked to hear that Ben Hollioake has died in a road accident, I am very sad because I was one of his fans. May God give him his place in paradise.
I knew Ben reasonably well as he was good friends with my partner. A huge shame and loss of a great person loved very much by all. My thoughts go deeply out to his family and girlfriend Janaya.
Ben was a great asset to the England force and he gave his all to his colleagues at Surrey and also at international level. He worked his heart out to play at the top level but it was cut short by this tragedy. My thoughts are with his team-mates and his family.
Ben was the envy of many young men like myself. His summers were spent playing county cricket and his winters split between an England tour and the surf in Oz. It is awful to see the loss of any life but when the individual concerned is so young and talented it truly is tragic. Ben was very special, he promised to be so much more.
Will be missed in all corners of the globe. A fantastic player. My thoughts are with his family. Rest in peace, Ben.
I was shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Ben Hollioake. He will be sadly missed by the world. My deepest sympathies goes out to all his family members and friends.
From his first innings on the international stage - 63 against Australia at Lords - it became clear that Ben was a hugely talented cricketer. And his 53 against Pakistan at Headingley last summer showed just how much he had matured as a player in recent years. He will be missed in the 2003 World Cup and beyond. A promising career ended in such a tragic way - a huge loss to the world of cricket.
The untimely death of Ben Hollioake has indeed shocked every fan of cricket the world over. Our deepest condolences to Ben's family for
My very deepest condolences to his family and friends. Cricket has lost a great talent. Rest in peace, Ben.
I'll always remember those days sitting in the sun on the steps of the pavilion at the Oval, watching a young man only a few years older than myself play cricket the way it was meant to be played. Someone who had a burning desire to win, but an even greater desire to entertain and enjoy. He was a maverick, a once in a lifetime player, who I only wish I had met more than once.
He was the future of everything good about English cricket, a man who had had expectation piled on his shoulders, just longing to be set free to do what he did best. The world was waiting for him, and just as we had a glimpse of that face with the biggest grin appearing, it was whisked away in one of the most heart wrenching tragedies. Thank you Ben Hollioake for everything.
I am at the school that Ben went to, St Georges, and I remember his innings at The Oval when he scored a wonderful 98 runs leading Surrey to a magnificent victory. Since then he has been my role model, and I strive to score a century like that one day. The world has lost a talent with huge potential.
Really tragic news, I couldn't believe it when I heard. My thoughts go out to Ben's close friends and family at what must be a horrendous time. He had the talent to be a wonderful player for years to come and it's so sad that it will never be fulfilled. Rest in peace, Ben.
I am still stunned at the devastating news of Ben's death. He was a great cricketer but more importantly a fab person who brought smiles to a lot of people. Words cannot fully express just how much we will miss you, Ben.
I, like many others, was deeply saddened by his death. I cannot believe that cricket has lost such a young, talented and wonderful person. I send my condolences to his family and wish for his girlfriend to get better. I cannot believe his poor soul has been taken away from us at such a young age.
I am sure he would be happy to be remembered like this by all these people. He achieved the most of his life, although we will never know what more was to come. He lies in the heart of many people and will be sorely missed. RIP and God bless his soul.
Cricket as a whole has been dealt a harsh and cruel blow with the loss of one of the young geniuses of the game. He will be greatly missed by all who love the game he gave so much to.
I was extremely sad to hear the death of a gifted cricketer. He had the potential to become the best all-rounder in the world. Sadly, we will never know how far he would have gone. His character, calibre and talent cannot be replaced. He will be missed by all cricket-lovers around the world.
I had the great privilege of playing with Ben at regional representative level 10 years ago. He was clearly the most talented of an exceptional England schools' year group, but over and above that I remember him as a kind, civilised and modest person.
Words cannot describe what a tragic loss this is to the England side (to which I have no doubt he would have contributed so much), but above all to his friends and family who loved him so dearly and were rightly so incredibly proud of him.
Gutting. Totally devastating news. A huge loss to cricket. My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.
My thoughts are with Ben's family and teammates both with England and Surrey. This exceptionally talented cricketer will be sorely missed. The game has lost a true talent.
It is an absolutely tragic loss of life to lose someone who was so young and so talented at such an early age. My deepest sympathies to his family at this terrible time.
Like every other cricket fan, I'm shocked and saddened to hear about Ben's death. This is a great loss of such a young and exciting cricketer. My thoughts are with his family, friends and the whole of the Surrey and England team.
I was shocked on Friday night when I found out. My deepest sympathies go out to his family. Also, we musn't forget his girlfriend who is still fighting for her life.
When something like this happens to a young person who had so much to look forward to in life it is especially sad. My heart go out to Adam and the rest of his family.
A life so short, but so much achieved for country, county and cricket in general. Cricket must go on and Ben would be the first to go out and give 110%, and that's what we must all do. Even though his potential will never be fully realised we are lucky that he graced our great game and our lives. May he always be remembered for his passion and his attitude to not just cricket, but to life. Thanks Ben.
Not many Scottish people like cricket but I am one of the few that had the privilege of seeing Ben and enjoying his play. I was very sad to hear of the untimely and very premature ending to a life and career that would have been long and very entertaining to cricket fans all over the world. We will miss you Ben. Lots of love to his family and friends.
England has lost a fine young cricketer and fine young man. He was a great player.
What a moving tribute from the England team, and in particular from Nasser Hussain, who could scarcely hold back his tears. It was unbearably poignant to see the lowered flags and black armbands, and to know that a promising young life had been lost in such a tragic way. My thoughts are with all the Hollioake family, and Ben's colleagues and friends.
What a terrible loss for the England cricket team and the family. He was bright, talented and gifted and was set to be known as the next Ian Botham. My thoughts and respects go out to the whole of his family and friends.
This is very sad news for not only English cricket, but internationally as well. I always thought that Ben would have made a great Test player, and am gutted to hear of this news. I only hope that his brother Adam continues to play in his honour. You will be missed, Ben. Rest in peace.
Such a sad loss of a young lad who had great talent and lots of potential. So sad to hear of this tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
I have two cricket-mad sons who would have been so proud to reach Ben Hollioake's status as an England cricketer. My sons are 23 and 25 and it brought home to me the devastation his family must feel to lose a son at that tender age. Rest in peace Ben, your memory will live on for a very long time.
I was lucky enough to watch many of Ben's games during the 1997 season while at Uni. He was a gifted player, and a joy to watch both with the bat and ball. His fielding was some of the best I have seen and showed that he was a true athlete. His banter with the crowd at Hampshire during a B&H Cup match was fantastic, and showed he truly loved playing his sport. A great loss.
I played with Ben in an U-14 England Schools XI, he looked a good player then. We were still mates ten years later, I last saw him in September 2001 when we went out on the town. Ben was a top player and a diamond geezer. We will all miss him. Thanks for the times we had Ben.
England have lost a kind and wonderful man as well as a massive unfulfilled talent. I had the pleasure of spending time with Ben, both on and off the cricket field and followed his career closely. The watching and playing of cricket to me will now not be as sweet as it once was. My love and sympathy go out to the Hollioake family, John, Daria, Adam and Eboni, as well of the family of Ms Scholten.
The death of anyone it's a sad event, but particularly one so young and so charismatic.
I've never met Ben, but like most cricket fans knew of him as a brilliant young prospect. My sympathies to his family and friends. RIP Ben - you will not be forgotten.
I was lucky enough to witness Ben's talent in the 1997 B&H final - outstanding talent that he was. I am very sad and send my heartfelt condolences to his family.
It's shocking news to those who have watched a sporting player like him play such good cricket, from myself and on behalf of my motherland I pay homage to his family.
It was a shocking news for me, to hear that Ben had died. That moment, I prayed for him. He was a great player and it is a great loss for English cricket. My condolences to his family and also to the English team.
Great cricketer, great role model and lastly, great bloke. May your memories live on, Ben.
I think Ben's death is a big loss for the England team and no cricket lover could forget him. My prayers are with Ben's family.
I remember watching Ben Hollioake play in the 1997 season. It was obvious then that this kid was soon to be a superstar. He was so talented. I still feel that the English selectors didn't nurture him properly. Such a waste. My condolences to his family, and the England and Surrey cricket teams.
I've followed Ben's career from that innings against Australia in his debut to his recent inclusion back in England's one day side. It's a shock as well as heartbreaking for a sportsman to be cut off in his prime.
Just beginning to find his feet again at Test level, this will no doubt be a blow to England and cricket in general. My thoughts go out to Ben's Surrey and England teammates and above all his family.
Talented, beautiful and a joy to watch. His skill will be sadly missed by all cricket fans. His potential was being reached daily, Surrey, England and the 2003 World Cup will be a poorer place without him. My thoughts are with those that knew his personally. I still have tears in my eyes when I think of him... and I just admired from a distance. For his family the loss is unquantifiable.
We will all remember him for a long, long time. I offer my condolences to his family.
I sat in disbelief as I read the words 'Ben Hollioake killed in car crash' late on Friday night. I never met Ben, but having watched him playing cricket over the years, he seemed very down-to-earth and 'one of the boys'. It just seems so unfair that something like this could happen to someone so nice, successful and gorgeous. I hope his girlfriend is well again soon and my thoughts are with his family, especially Eboni.
I give my deep condolences to the family of Ben Hollioake. While it is a big loss to a nation and the cricketing world, the loss of a family member of such young age is too difficult to bear. May God give give them strength.
I thought Ben was a fantastic all rounder and his death is a great loss to the cricketing world. I'm a great supporter of Surrey CC and it was a joy to see him play. Condolences to his friends and family and all those who had the privilege of playing with him.
An innings full of sparkle, so much promise in the offing Ben was just the marvel that the English fans were looking for.
By a cruel blow of fate, he is cut short in his stride. The umpire's finger is raised, its' time to just abide.
The crowd can only gasp, the loss they realise. Softly weeps the willow, as he takes the lonely mile.
Pleasant are the memories; you've left behind evoke.
May the turf rest softly, on Ben Hollioake.
As a cricket fan I appreciated the talents of Ben Hollioake, but he also came across as a likeable, laid back, friendly young man who enjoyed life as it should be enjoyed. Although I never met him, I don't think I have ever been more shocked as I was on Friday evening when I heard the news. We will all remember him for a long, long time.
I had the privilege of a quick chat with Ben when he came to Sharjah with England under his brother Adam's captaincy for a one-day tournament. He didn't play that match against India but was on the boundary ropes with drinks for his bowlers and as he passed I said who's going to win and he shot back - England. I knew right away that he was raw but with that fire alone he would play for England.
May God rest his soul in peace - and give his family the strength to deal with this tragedy at this very difficult time-God bless you all.
When I heard the news I was in shock. I am a keen supporter of the England and Surrey Cricket Club. I think the loss will probably be harder for his brother, because I read once about Ben that besides playing for England he always enjoyed playing cricket with Adam.
The couple or so times that I saw him on the field, he fought it out every single time - giving his best like a true champion. It's a shame that the cricketing world had to lose such a young and vibrant cricketer. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May his soul rest in peace.
I lived in Perth for six years and my clearest memory of Ben is from the last Ashes tour. England were playing Western Australia at the WACA and Ben and Alec Stewart came and sat a few rows in front of me in the Lillee-Marsh Stand.
The autograph-hunters soon surrounded them and Ben just smiled and was very gracious as he talked to the fans. He was very much the young star with the world at his feet. Now he is gone and it's all such a tragic, terrible waste. But we'll always have the memories. Thanks, Ben. Rest in peace.
I'm still in shock. It was only a week or so ago that I was exchanging messages on a supporters' message board, where regular contributor John Hollioake's pride and adoration for his sons was all to clear. I can only imagine what his family must be going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I was shocked to see the news in the dailies. It's is a great loss to the cricket world. Wish his family and dear ones all the best.
I was fortunate and privileged enough to be able to play cricket with the Hollioake brothers for a few seasons at Send Cricket Club before they turned professional. In Ben we will miss a truly outstanding sportsman, ambassador for the game and true friend. My sympathies go to the Hollioake family at this difficult time.
When I read that Ben had died in a car crash, I was very shocked. It took me time to get over this. Although I am a Pakistan fan I always believed Ben would at one stage be in the top ten rankings. He was a wonderful player and was very enjoying to watch. My condolences go with his family and his team-mates.
Such a tragic loss. My sympathy goes to Ben's family and friends. He was charismatic and always gorgeous, even at 12 years old! May he rest in peace.
Although cricket is not very popular in Portugal, I certainly followed Ben's short career through the BBC and I was impressed with his play. He will be very much missed during the next World Cup in 2003 where an all-rounder like him could make a big difference. My condolences to his family.
Thanks for the memories, Ben. Rest in peace.
Just his first shot in that one day game at Lords v Australia - Straight Drive! It said it all about him. That boy had talent. It's so sad!
I take inspiration from guys like Ben. I am a cricketer myself, and it is lads like him who spur me on. He got a bit of stick when he started up for England, but he kept on going and was just about to release his full potential. All our thoughts at Undercliffe CC go out to his family.
Ben's untimely death is indeed a sad end to what could have been great news to the cricket world. It's still hard to sink in that Ben is no more. It was really a shocker seeing the breaking news on Friday. My condolences to his entire family and friends and pray that Ben's girlfriend gets well soon. May Ben's soul rest in peace.
Ben was a superb cricketer, a joy to watch with the bat, ball and in the field. He will be sorely missed in the world of cricket both at home and worldwide. Even though he is gone he will always be with us. Also I'm making a banner in his memory it'll be at the Test at Old Trafford, England vs. Sri Lanka, look out for it!
I didn't know him but I was stunned by the news of his death .I live in Perth [Subiaco} and followed the story as it was happening. Words can't describe what a waste of life it was.
I can't believe that the brilliant and entertaining cricket I watched with glee last summer at the hands of Ben is not to be repeated this year. A tragic loss to his family, Surrey, and England.
All those who love cricket and support those who shine in our sport are at a loss to comprehend such a cruel strike of fate. My thoughts and sympathies go to his family and mourn the space left in his county and countries hearts.
I am currently in NZ watching and playing cricket and cannot believe the news of Ben's death. He should be an inspiration to all young aspiring international cricketers that it is possible with hard work to get to the top.
Another burning light extinguished before its time. Last summer we were in the Alec Bedser lounge, watching Surrey play when Ben Hollioake came out, into the bar. Smile on face, eyes burning bright.
My fiancÚ remarked that he looked at peace. He was quite a remarkable young man, with a natural skill, imparted on so few. I shall miss watching him play. My thought's go out to his family. Word's are sometimes not enough. He was a smashing fella. Ours hopes, too, go out to the poor young girl fighting for her life in a Perth Hospital.
I still can't believe this tragic news, and send my thoughts and prayers to Ben's family and friends. At Surrey, we like to think of ourselves as the Manchester United of cricket. Now we also have our Duncan Edwards. What a terrible, sad waste.
The great game itself is deprived when such tragedies take place. It is like a flower being plucked before it blossoms!
At prep school this six-year-old boy bowled faster and better than all of us who where twice his age. Once in bat, it took us nearly the whole weekend of playground cricket to bowl him out so we could have a go. We knew then we where in the presence of greatness, immense skill and talent. My deepest sympathy and love go to Abo and family. He had the potential to be better than Botham. People like Ben are few and far between.
Having played in the same club as Shoaib Aktar it goes to show how good Ben was when he was my role model. England fans and Irish cricketers will miss adoring your talent when you grace the wicket. RIP BEN.
My thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.
Ben was here in April last year with SCCC. I met him briefly, don't mind telling you I fell hopelessly in love :o) and was hoping to see much more of him. I am so sorry for your loss. The loss is great enough for the people who didn't know him that well, I can only imagine how it is for those close to him.
My deepest sorrow and sadness at such a cruel and tragic loss of Ben Hollioake's life. Ben was so talented, relaxed, amiable and likeable.
My best wishes to Ben's injured girlfriend Janaya and to Adam and family. Please be brave and always remember a great cricketer and
wonderful human being, Ben Hollioake.
I am much saddened to hear of this talented cricketer's death. It is always sad to see a young life lost - always more so to see potential lost. My thoughts are with his family and his girlfriend.
Goodbye Ben, you will be terribly missed.
I met Ben Hollioake at the 1997 B&H cup final, where he stopped to give myself, my friend and countless others his autograph. Despite his newfound fame at the time, he was the nicest man you could hope to meet and couldn't do enough for us youngsters, barely older than he was.
He was a thoroughly decent man who will be mourned by all in the game from grass roots up. How tragic that a man that young and that talented has bee taken from his family so suddenly. He truly could, and probably would have been one of the greats.
Once in a generation do we see talent like his, he was a true professional with a natural talent that will be missed the world over. The world has lost a great man.
I remember going to see Ben Hollioake at Lord's on his England ODI debut. When he came out to bat I just sensed he was going to be something special and he proved that on that day. As a young cricket enthusiast at the time I will never forget that innings and how delightful it was to watch.
It is a shame to have lost such a tremendously talented cricketer who hadn't yet reached his prime. People shouldn't say he could have been the next Ian Botham because he was the first Ben Hollioake. I will never forget him and my sympathy goes out to his family and friends.
A great all rounder! Had the potential of becoming one of the best, one day he may have led the England side too. My condolences to the family and the England cricket Board.
Sad to hear of the loss of a great talent at a young age. Ben Hollioake knew how to excite us with his style of playing the game. I offer my condolences to his family and teammates at Surrey and England. Ben was a fine cricketer and we will miss him.
The world of cricket has lost a great upcoming player, it was really shocking to hear this news. Please accept my condolences on the untimely death of a great player, a brother, and a son for his family.
The thoughts of all the players of Ajax Leiden 4 are with Ben's girlfriend and his family. In heaven your career will continue.
Had the pleasure of meeting Ben at the Oval. What a bright young man with immense talent and a will to win. You will be sadly missed.
Ben fulfilled the dream many boys have of playing cricket for England. The style of his play was 'Botham-esque.' He will be missed by so many, for so many reasons.
Such a talented cricketer, a tragic loss to England. Thoughts and prayers go out to Ben's family and friends.
I was so shocked when I heard the news, I just couldn't believe it. Ben was a wonderful cricketer and will be sadly missed by both Surrey and England. My thoughts are with his family and to all those that knew him. You will be sadly missed Ben, and you will never be forgotten.
The fittest tribute to Ben that the England team can give is to win the World Cup in 2003 and dedicate it to Ben Hollioake.
We will miss you Ben. I remember watching him at Trent Bridge and he was very good, I enjoyed watching his style and play. And reaching the first team at 19 shows us all what is achievable if we put our minds to it. Bottesford CC all sends their condolences. You will be missed, Ben.
Death at any time and in any fashion is painful. But the tragic end of Ben at an early age is heartbreaking. It is really unbelievable to hear the sad news. However it is all up to the Lord God, the one who decides the destiny of everyone.
John, Daria and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
My prayers are for Ben Hollioake and his family. May God help his family to overcome this grief.
This is a very sad day for the family and the cricket world as a whole.
My sincere condolences.
I am sitting in an internet cafe in Thailand with a tear rolling down my cheek. As a young county allrounder he was my role model and hero. I can't help but think "if only..." May he rest in peace.
I am shocked to hear the sad news of his untimely death. It is the greatest loss to his family, cricket and cricket fans.
I am deeply saddened at the loss of a wonderful cricketing talent and a fine young man. My thoughts are with his brother Adam and his family.
I was really shocked to find out about his death. It is sad to lose a young and promising cricketer at such a young age. I saw him recently on the tour of India. I just want to say to his family that though this loss cannot be filled, I can assure you that at this moment of sorrow the whole of the cricket world and followers are with you. I offer my condolences to his family.
It was very sad day for cricket when we found out out about Ben's death. My heart goes out to this family.
We miss you Ben.
Even in the US people are shocked at what has happened. Ben was just about finding his touch and his recent displays were underlining his huge talent. May God bless him and my deepest regards with his family.
Somebody who lifted your interest in the dullest game when he strode out to bat. Players like him are few and far between.
A tragic and terrible waste of a young life. We have followed Ben's career since he made his debut at 19 and it was great to see him back in the England squad. His loss to English cricket is immense, but that is nothing compared with the loss suffered by his family and our hearts go out to them.
The importance of the outcome of the second Test in Wellington pales into insignificance next to the tragic news of Ben's death.The respect shown by New Zealanders and travelling English fans was outstanding and well deserved. Our thoughts go out to Ben's family, friends and colleagues, he will be sadly missed.
I am from Perth and an avid cricket fan, and like every other cricket fan I am shocked and saddened by Ben's death. A top cricketer who should have been in NZ with the England team.
If I achieve in the rest of my life what Ben did in his 24 years, I will be honoured.
My thoughts are with Ben's family and friends, and that of his girlfriend's.
My deepest sympathy is with his family right now. This must have been a terrible shock - a tragic death to a great cricketer. Please remember that although this is an awful tragedy, he would like us to remember him as a person with a fulfilled life who achieved so much more than 99.9% of the rest of the population.
An upstanding sportsman and a lot of promise snuffed out - just like that. My sympathies go to Adam and the rest of his family - and to Surrey and England. Ben, rest in peace.
I am really stunned and grieved by the death of Ben. He had the potential to become a great all-rounder for his country. It is a big loss, and may God help his family to overcome this grief.
I am very sad to read that such a talented young sportsman has been claimed so young. A sad loss.
I am completely shocked by what has happened to such a talented young cricketer. It's hard to believe that so much talent and spark will never grace the cricket pitch again. He was an exceptional person and will be sorely missed. I send my deepest sympathies to his friends and family - he will be remembered fondly.
It is so sad that England has lost one of its most promising young cricketers. He had so much international and county cricket ahead of him. Not only was he an excellent cricketer, he was a lovely man. Our thoughts are with you always, Ben.
A sad day for cricket lovers in general and for English cricket in particular. All our thoughts, however, should be with Ben's family at this most distressing time.
My prayers are with Ben's family. He was such a promising cricketer, not given the chance to show his true talent and potential. I was shocked and devastated by the news.
The cricket world has lost a really talented individual. But more than that, it has lost one of the rare breed of sportsmen who was able to communicate his enjoyment of the game to those watching. My heart goes out to his family.
I was shocked by the news, and send my deepest sympathies to his family. He achieved more in 24 years than most do in a lifetime. A sad loss to England.
I am just devastated at the news of Ben's death. If there was one person who deserved an England spot, it was him. My thoughts are with the England team in New Zealand and his family, especially Adam and his parents.
A magnificent gift snuffed out in a moment. We will be lucky to see such a vibrant young talent again. The England Test team is as devastated as anyone, but I hope they win their current match against New Zealand just for Ben.
A tragic loss of a promising cricketer and pure team man. As a Surrey fan, the Oval will never quite be the same, and his contribution to our recent successes cannot be forgotten. Prayers are with him and his family.
He was one of my cricket idols, he was such a great player on the field. I always watched him play at the Oval. Surrey and England have lost a fine young player who could have been a hero.
I had the pleasure of meeting Ben last year and he was one of the friendliest and most personable guys I've ever met. Words cannot describe such a tragic loss of life. My thoughts are with Adam and the rest of his family and friends.
Ben could have possibly been an England great. Such talent so cruely taken away.
Ben will be missed by cricket lovers all over the world.
This tragic news sent a shiver down my spine last night. We have certainly lost a prosperous young talent, as well as a remarkable human being. People are right in saying that he would have gone on to do bigger and better things in life - unfortunately, it wasn't to be.
I really can't express how sad this news has made me. Ben was one of the best upcoming cricketers for England. Jehanzeb, Pakistan
What a tragic waste of such a talented young man - we had just a glimpse of how brilliant he might have become. Having sons of similar ages I can only imagine how distraught his family must be.
I hope that knowing he died in the midst of doing what he loved so much will bring them some comfort. He was a son to be proud of - how lucky they were to know him even for such a short time.
I am totally devastated by the news of the death of young Ben. Ben was a fine young man who loved life and always seemed to have a smile on his face. We are truly gutted at Surrey by this news and all our thoughts and sympathies go to Ben's family at this sad time.
Ben, you will be sorely missed.
We really have lost someone with a bright future. For me he made cricket more accessible, because he was a normal young player whose hard work was beginning to pay off - inspiring other young players to do the same. I had the pleasure of meeting the man and I can honestly say that he was one of the most pleasant and determined cricketers I have ever seen.
A sad day for English cricket to lose such a talented player - he will be sorely missed.
He was a cricketer with huge talent, and it is indeed sad that it had to end this way. Our thoughts go out to his brother Adam and the rest of his family in their hour of grief.
My deepest sympathy to his family, friends and team mates. A promising life taken too soon.
I was shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Ben Hollioake. This is a tragic waste of life and my sympathies go out to his family and friends
A terrible and tragic loss to England and cricket. I extend my deepest sympathy to his family.
Such a tragedy to see a life lost so young. He had it all, it seems. Fame, talent, popularity, and the 'breaks' in life that it takes to get to the top. However, this does not seem to have been enough, and he has been taken from us.
Our thoughts must be with his family and friends at this time. His career was unimportant to them. He wasn't Ben Hollioake the cricketer, he was Ben the brother, son, friend. He will be sadly missed by those who knew him from afar.
The next Ian Botham? We will never know.
I played against Ben once in Perth while on tour. His bowling and batting took us apart that day, and it will be a great shame that we will never see him do it again on the international stage. No cricket lover will forget his ODI debut in 1997. Sad, sad shame.
He was a great young player that would have been captain of England in the future.
I cannot find words to express my devastation at this news. He was a fab cricketer and will be very sadly missed. My heart goes out to Adam and the rest of the family and also to all the Surrey CCC lads who have lost a second team-mate in five years.
It would be a gross injustice to rate Ben Hollioake on the basis of the two Test matches he played. But when you take into account the explosive 43-ball 68 at the Oval in 1997, it's just not easy to ignore his talent.
He had a whole career ahead of him. The time (he was only 24) and the manner of his death is stunning. Words can hardly express the shock.
England has lost a fine young cricketer and a fine young man.
What a terrible loss. My thoughts and prayers are with Ben's family and friends and also the England team. It must be almost impossible to think about cricket when something as tragic as this happens. Ben mate, your innings may have been memorable but it was way too short, God bless.
Ben was just coming into his prime again as a cricketer. We were at Lord's for his Test debut in 1997 and the impact he had on English cricket at the age of 19 was electric.
I remember he appeared on the Big Breakfast showing Denise Van Outen how to bowl. She said it was the only time that she was ever lost for words as he was the most attractive man she had ever met.
Ben: a beautiful man inside and out. Forever you will live in our memories, we all loved you.
The death of anyone is a sad event, but particularly one so young and so charismatic. Rest in peace.
Devastating news of the loss of a such a young, exciting cricketer, who had just began to establish himself in England's one-day side. My thoughts remain with his family and those who were close to him.
I remember seeing Ben score 98 against Kent in the Lords final a few years ago when Surrey won convincingly. My son was with me then and two seasons ago he played for his school against Millfield - we saw photos of Ben in the pavilion after he had scored a huge century.
He was a model for all the lads that day, both at Millfield and Pinewood school. I am very sad that we will never see him reach his potential but I hope some of the lads that day can emulate him in some way on the field.
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