Australia news April 18, 2012

Adam Hollioake Twitter appeal after Ben's kit stolen

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Adam Hollioake, the former England allrounder, has made an emotional appeal for the return of stolen cricket kit belonging to his late brother, Ben.

Ben Hollioake's cricket kit was stolen from his parents' home in Perth, Western Australia and was among their most treasured possessions following his death in a car accident ten years ago.

Adam Hollioake told ESPNcricinfo that, by Wednesday night in Perth, Western Australia police had recovered "two small bags" of kit, but that much remains missing, to the revulsion of cricket figures in both England and Australia who have launched a mass campaign on social media to recover all of it.

The West Australian newspaper has reported: "It is understood the secure parking area of the apartment building where Ben's parents Daria and John reside was broken into sometime between 6.30pm on Tuesday and 8.45am today.

"Police said a storeroom within the First Avenue address in Applecross had been forced open and boxes searched. The thieves then removed Ben's cricket bag before fleeing with their loot. Just before 6pm police said they had executed a search warrant and as a result had recovered some of the items."

Adam Hollioake sounded distraught when he took to Twitter in a plea for help to recover Ben's old England gear, including sweaters, shirts, helmets and bats.

"I need all my Facebook friends & twitter followers to trawl eBay & any other site where these little maggots might be trying to sell his stuff," Hollioake tweeted. "Let's make sure they have stolen a ticking time bomb!! I am a fair dude and if someone comes to me & wants food or drink they can sit at my table & eat with me...But you upset my Mumma and I will f*** your s*** up!!!

The appeal brought an immediate response with a host of cricket figures expressing their anger.

Stuart Broad, the England allrounder, tweeted: "His old playing shirts and stuff must mean so much to his family. To think that someone could have the nerve to rob them is sick."

Broad's England bowling colleague, James Anderson, said: "Can't believe someone would steal Ben Hollioake's England kit from his parents house. Please help get it back."

Ben Hollioake, before his death at 24, promised to be one of the most charismatic England cricketers of the age, briefly drawing comparisons with Ian Botham after a thrilling debut, at 19, in a one-day international against Australia at Lord's in 1997. He was killed in a car accident in South Perth in March 2002.

After some of the equipment was discovered, Adam Hollioake tweeted his thanks. "Can't thank you all and the media for the amazing response to my bro's stolen kit," he said. "Without u there is doubt we would have retrieved any of his kit back.

"You are all truly amazing & on behalf of my family i would like to thank you all. Don't mess with my friends on twitter...they r all badass ;-)"

Anybody with information on the crime can contact Western Australia police or Adam Hollioake @adamhollioake on Twitter

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • AdrianVanDenStael on April 19, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    @Xolile: On a small point, you mean BH rather than AH. In fairness to PunchDrunkPunter, he referred to what would have happened if Ben Hollioake had been "allowed to fulfill his undoubted potential", and one could argue that one of the things stopping him from fulfiling his potential comprised inconsistent selection policies at the time. The selectors gave BH just one test in 1997 and one in 1998, then they dropped him for four years, and that was it. If BH had been give a consistent run in test cricket of 35 tests or so as Kallis was by the time he was 24 and a half, he would certainly have achieved more than the handful of runs and wickets that he actually did. Sadly we'll never know how good BH could have been. More positively, it's good to hear that more of BH's kit has been recovered.

  • BellCurve on April 19, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    @PunchDrunkPunter - Your statement is outrageous. AH sadly died when he was 24yrs142days old. When Kallis was the same age he already scored 2115 Test runs @ 43.16 and taken 61 Test wickets at 28.05.

  • lebigfella on April 19, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Very sad to think that someone broke into the house in the first place. And of course very sad that they stole Ben's Kit... very distressing for all the Hollioake's as the 10th Anniversary nears. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you all.

  • richard-munir on April 19, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Dear Adam, kindly know that we all angry for your huge loss, but please keep calm and cool, as we all understand how much Ben's kit means to you and your family. I wish I could be helpful and go around the neighborhood and search for you, but I'm in Hong Kong, I love you and your brother, it just brings tears in my eyes of thinking of him, he's always in our hearts. I strongly appeal to those peoples who have done this, that kindly give back those things which for you is worthless, and for the family and friends that's Ben. Give back the kit and leave it somewhere they could be return back to the Adam's family, please do the good thing as this is not what you might have thought of, God and Adam's family will forgive you. Waiting for the good news.

  • YorkshirePudding on April 19, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    @Vishnu27, would totally agree with you, it sounds like the poice have managed to retrieve some of the items hopefully it wont be long before they get the rest.....@JG it was mainly just kit, which I believe was taken from a store room/garage at the family home, which makes me think it was stolen to order for sell on the memorabilia black market, especially with it being so close to the 10th Anniversary of his death.

  • chancricfan on April 19, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    I used to say to my friends that Ben will go on to captain Eng someday, unfortunate. Can't believe its been ten years.

  • hhillbumper on April 18, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    I hope they get their stuff back.Can't believe it has been ten years.Such a good player and a great loss to the English cricket scene.

  • Vishnu27 on April 18, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge: that is a completely irresponsible thing to say! I live in Perth (just down the road from Applecross) & I can tell you no one is thrilled about what has happened. This story is getting widespread media coverage. In future I suggest you keep it tight before you know all the facts & fly off the handle.

  • B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on April 18, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    so sad to hear that somone can steal somones so valuable items... i can understand if someone is after money, gold or something like that, but something like kit is unbleivable - being spent 28 years in Saudi this is where i feel the rules of saudi looks good - just cut his hands for playing with the emotions of old parents who are so sad by loosing their son and now his belongings...

  • JG2704 on April 18, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    @Cricket_Man on (April 18 2012, 14:56 PM GMT) Colleague means a person you work alongside or in this instance team mate (same thing). Nothing to do with coaching

  • AdrianVanDenStael on April 19, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    @Xolile: On a small point, you mean BH rather than AH. In fairness to PunchDrunkPunter, he referred to what would have happened if Ben Hollioake had been "allowed to fulfill his undoubted potential", and one could argue that one of the things stopping him from fulfiling his potential comprised inconsistent selection policies at the time. The selectors gave BH just one test in 1997 and one in 1998, then they dropped him for four years, and that was it. If BH had been give a consistent run in test cricket of 35 tests or so as Kallis was by the time he was 24 and a half, he would certainly have achieved more than the handful of runs and wickets that he actually did. Sadly we'll never know how good BH could have been. More positively, it's good to hear that more of BH's kit has been recovered.

  • BellCurve on April 19, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    @PunchDrunkPunter - Your statement is outrageous. AH sadly died when he was 24yrs142days old. When Kallis was the same age he already scored 2115 Test runs @ 43.16 and taken 61 Test wickets at 28.05.

  • lebigfella on April 19, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Very sad to think that someone broke into the house in the first place. And of course very sad that they stole Ben's Kit... very distressing for all the Hollioake's as the 10th Anniversary nears. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you all.

  • richard-munir on April 19, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Dear Adam, kindly know that we all angry for your huge loss, but please keep calm and cool, as we all understand how much Ben's kit means to you and your family. I wish I could be helpful and go around the neighborhood and search for you, but I'm in Hong Kong, I love you and your brother, it just brings tears in my eyes of thinking of him, he's always in our hearts. I strongly appeal to those peoples who have done this, that kindly give back those things which for you is worthless, and for the family and friends that's Ben. Give back the kit and leave it somewhere they could be return back to the Adam's family, please do the good thing as this is not what you might have thought of, God and Adam's family will forgive you. Waiting for the good news.

  • YorkshirePudding on April 19, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    @Vishnu27, would totally agree with you, it sounds like the poice have managed to retrieve some of the items hopefully it wont be long before they get the rest.....@JG it was mainly just kit, which I believe was taken from a store room/garage at the family home, which makes me think it was stolen to order for sell on the memorabilia black market, especially with it being so close to the 10th Anniversary of his death.

  • chancricfan on April 19, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    I used to say to my friends that Ben will go on to captain Eng someday, unfortunate. Can't believe its been ten years.

  • hhillbumper on April 18, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    I hope they get their stuff back.Can't believe it has been ten years.Such a good player and a great loss to the English cricket scene.

  • Vishnu27 on April 18, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge: that is a completely irresponsible thing to say! I live in Perth (just down the road from Applecross) & I can tell you no one is thrilled about what has happened. This story is getting widespread media coverage. In future I suggest you keep it tight before you know all the facts & fly off the handle.

  • B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on April 18, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    so sad to hear that somone can steal somones so valuable items... i can understand if someone is after money, gold or something like that, but something like kit is unbleivable - being spent 28 years in Saudi this is where i feel the rules of saudi looks good - just cut his hands for playing with the emotions of old parents who are so sad by loosing their son and now his belongings...

  • JG2704 on April 18, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    @Cricket_Man on (April 18 2012, 14:56 PM GMT) Colleague means a person you work alongside or in this instance team mate (same thing). Nothing to do with coaching

  • PunchDrunkPunter on April 18, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    This guy would have been as good as Jacques Kallis if he'd been allowed to fulfill his undoubted potential. Wonderful guy too! Gutted this has happened to his family!

  • AdrianVanDenStael on April 18, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Good to see the cricket world supporting the Hollioakes at this time. To be fair, FFL, the fact that some items have been recovered and Adam's Tweet of thanks suggest they have been getting help in Australia.

  • Cricket_Man on April 18, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    I think there is a mistake in the article. It's written( Broad's England bowling colleague, James Anderson, said: "Can't believe someone would steal Ben Hollioake's England kit from his parents house. Please help get it back."). I think Anderson isn't Broads balling coach, right?

  • YorkshirePudding on April 18, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Sad news, I hope they get all that was stolen back, as it wont be worth much to anyone outside of the family, except for maybe the England cap.

  • gwd80 on April 18, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    @Xolile - well I'd argue that it is newsworthy as they're trying to raise awareness so that they have the best chance possible of retrieving the stolen items. What's the problem?

  • LiamF on April 18, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    I hate hearing about this sort of thing, and the fact it was (probably) a fellow Australian makes me doubly sick. Hope they find the rest of the kit and the morons responsible.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on April 18, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Australia should be in uproar about this. Why aren't they? Ben Hollioake was a much loved cricketer around the world.

  • JG2704 on April 18, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Good luck to the whole H family in retrieving it. The article doesn't indicate whether there were other goods stolen from the home or whether it was just the kit. It would seem daft to just steal the kit with the intention of selling it on (because of who it belonged to) because they're not likely to be able to get any sort of money for it because any genuine fan would not want to buy such memorabilia which has been gained illegally and has left the family distraught. If it is a random burglary whereby other stuff has gone missing maybe Adam could offer a deal where if Ben's stuff is returned they will overlook the rest

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  • JG2704 on April 18, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Good luck to the whole H family in retrieving it. The article doesn't indicate whether there were other goods stolen from the home or whether it was just the kit. It would seem daft to just steal the kit with the intention of selling it on (because of who it belonged to) because they're not likely to be able to get any sort of money for it because any genuine fan would not want to buy such memorabilia which has been gained illegally and has left the family distraught. If it is a random burglary whereby other stuff has gone missing maybe Adam could offer a deal where if Ben's stuff is returned they will overlook the rest

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on April 18, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Australia should be in uproar about this. Why aren't they? Ben Hollioake was a much loved cricketer around the world.

  • LiamF on April 18, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    I hate hearing about this sort of thing, and the fact it was (probably) a fellow Australian makes me doubly sick. Hope they find the rest of the kit and the morons responsible.

  • gwd80 on April 18, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    @Xolile - well I'd argue that it is newsworthy as they're trying to raise awareness so that they have the best chance possible of retrieving the stolen items. What's the problem?

  • YorkshirePudding on April 18, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Sad news, I hope they get all that was stolen back, as it wont be worth much to anyone outside of the family, except for maybe the England cap.

  • Cricket_Man on April 18, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    I think there is a mistake in the article. It's written( Broad's England bowling colleague, James Anderson, said: "Can't believe someone would steal Ben Hollioake's England kit from his parents house. Please help get it back."). I think Anderson isn't Broads balling coach, right?

  • AdrianVanDenStael on April 18, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Good to see the cricket world supporting the Hollioakes at this time. To be fair, FFL, the fact that some items have been recovered and Adam's Tweet of thanks suggest they have been getting help in Australia.

  • PunchDrunkPunter on April 18, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    This guy would have been as good as Jacques Kallis if he'd been allowed to fulfill his undoubted potential. Wonderful guy too! Gutted this has happened to his family!

  • JG2704 on April 18, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    @Cricket_Man on (April 18 2012, 14:56 PM GMT) Colleague means a person you work alongside or in this instance team mate (same thing). Nothing to do with coaching

  • B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on April 18, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    so sad to hear that somone can steal somones so valuable items... i can understand if someone is after money, gold or something like that, but something like kit is unbleivable - being spent 28 years in Saudi this is where i feel the rules of saudi looks good - just cut his hands for playing with the emotions of old parents who are so sad by loosing their son and now his belongings...