May 28, 2002

Ben Oliver Joins the Cascade Tasmanian Tigers

The Tasmanian Cricket Association is pleased to announce that young Victorian All-Rounder , Ben Oliver will be joining the Cascade Tasmanian Tigers for season 2002/2003.

Oliver is 22 years of age and was born in Castlemaine in rural Victoria.

Oliver made his debut for Victoria in One-Day cricket during the 1999/2000 season and has played 12 Mercantile Mutual / ING Cup matches for Victoria. With the bat he has a highest score of 39 not out and an average of 18.75.

His bowling has been impressive, in taking 6 wickets at an economy rate of 4.62 runs per over which compares favorably with the best in the country.

Ben has played one First Class match, debuting against the West Indies in season 2000/2001 where he took 3 wickets.

Before suffering Osteitis Pubis, Oliver was named the Best New Talent in the Mercantile Mutual Cup for season 2000/2001.

Cascade Tasmanian Tigers Coach, Brian McFadyen said, "Ben Oliver is an attractive resource for Tasmanian cricket for what he can offer over a long period of time. He brings with him a professional attitude and a great work ethic."

"Up until now he has been identified as a One-Day cricketer but we are hopeful he will contribute to the depth of Tasmanian cricket at both a First Class and a One-Day level," he added.

Oliver will be joining the Tigers for pre-season training at the commencement of July.

Commenting on his move, Oliver said, "The environment surrounding Tasmanian cricket is exciting and one I feel will provide me the best opportunity to develop my game to the standard I desire."

In line with the Memorandum of Understanding between the Australian Cricket Board, the Australian Cricketer's Association and the States, the release of a minimum of 14 contracted players and 2 rookies for each State will be made by June 7th, 2002.