Hollioake wasn~~t a playboy, says club president

Published: Monday, March 25, 2002, 20:08 [IST]
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Perth: English Test cricketer Ben Hollioake, killed in a car smash here this weekend, enjoyed life but was no playboy, the president of a Perth cricket club with which the 24-year-old was associated, said on Sunday.

South Perth Cricket Club president Ian Waite said suggestions the Test and One-day International all-rounder lived life in the fast lane were far from the truth. "He knew how to enjoy himself, but some of the images that he may have been a playboy were far from the truth. He was far from that and even though he enjoyed life, he did not seek the limelight," Waite said. Hollioake's life was cut short when his Porsche crashed through a metre-high cyclone fence before ploughing into a brick retaining wall in the exclusive riverside suburb of South Perth in the early hours of Saturday. Waite said it was Hollioake's love of his parents and his cricket mates in Perth, where he had played with the South Perth club in the Western Australian first-grade competition, that ensured he kept returning to Western Australia. "He actually hated attention, he enjoyed celebrating his off-season in Perth because he was not into fancy restaurants or living the high life and in Perth, he could be himself, he could go and have a beer with his mates," Waite said. He said Hollioake's Porsche 924, bought at the start of the cricket season, was not a flashy status symbol. "There was nothing playboyish about it, he did not get it as a status symbol, he shunned status symbolism," Waite said. "He chose it in the same way, I think, he would choose a cricket bat - something nice and practical that he felt comfortable with and that he could afford. "He could afford to buy one, so why wouldn't he? But, I mean, there was no status involved by any means," he said. Meanwhile, Hollioake's girlfriend is still fighting for her life in hospital. Janaya Scholten, 22, a passenger in the vehicle, remains in a critical condition at Royal Perth Hospital after suffering serious head and chest injuries in the crash. Family members are keeping vigil at her bedside in the hospital's intensive care unit, while police investigations into the cause of the accident continue. A hospital spokesman said Sunday her condition was unchanged from Saturday. It is believed Hollioake's sister, Eboni, and millionaire boyfriend, Luke Wyllie, following in another car, were first on the scene after the smash. The crash spot - on a freeway off-ramp - is less than one kilometre from Richardson Park, where Hollioake played with the South Perth club.

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