Will Ben be the next Cricket Superstar?
Ben started playing cricket when he was just four years old in his hometown of Lismore in Northern NSW. He spent his junior years playing first at Clunes Corndale Cricket Club, then Lismore Workers Junior Cricket Club. At the age of 15 Ben was selected to play with Lismore Worker’s second grade team, and after just one game was moved into the first XI. He spent two years playing in their first grade team, before moving to Marist Brothers Cricket Club, where he spent another two seasons in their first XI. It was during this time (aged 17) that Ben dropped out of school to start a Carpentry Apprentice, only to have it fall through after a month. Out of school and with no job Ben was at his lowest point and unsure of what to do. He decided to leave home and head to Darwin to pursue his dream of becoming a professional cricket player. It was a good move, and soon after he was selected for the Northern Teritory under-19s state team. After that first season, Ben moved to Hobart to play with the New Town Bucks, where he remains today. He continues to return to Darwin for the off season, and has just ben selected to play again for the NT U19s. Ben has been heavily motivatd by his elder brother Tom, who currently plays for the South Australia Redbacks and The Netherlands, and he says his most memorable cricket moment is seeing his brother score 104 against South Africa in the U19 World Cup in Sri Lanka in 2006. Ben has held numerous jobs over the years, including farm labourer, car detailer, a Junior Development Officer for NT Cricket and Cricket Tasmania Milo In2Cricket worker. He is about to start a new job at the Electrolytic Zinc Company in Hobart.