Robertson Oval

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Robertson Oval
Aerial view of Robertson Oval in Wagga Wagga.jpg
Aerial view of Robertson Oval, post redevelopment
Location Edward Street, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.
Coordinates 35°7′6″S 147°22′20″E / 35.11833°S 147.37222°E / -35.11833; 147.37222Coordinates: 35°7′6″S 147°22′20″E / 35.11833°S 147.37222°E / -35.11833; 147.37222
Owner Wagga Wagga City Council (grounds)
Wagga Tigers (clubrooms) [1]
Operator New South Wales Cricket Association
Capacity 10,000 [2]
Surface Grass
Construction
Opened First recorded cricket match 1878
Renovated 2013[3]
Tenants
New South Wales cricket team

The Robertson Oval is a multi-use sports facility in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia. It primarily hosts cricket, Australian rules football and rugby league matches. A grass embankment runs around three-quarters of the oval with a 350 seat grandstand and social club on western side of the ground. Plans are in place for a 3–5 million dollar redevelopment of the arena. As the oval is located in the heart of Wagga Wagga CBD, the AFL and New South Wales Cricket Association will use the oval after redevelopment preferring it to other regional venues.[4]

Teams[edit]

NOTE: The playing surface is currently too small to host major cricket and AFL matches, something the redevelopment will address.[5]

History[edit]

Panorama of Robertson Oval in 2009

A cricket match between Wagga Wagga and an Australian XI on 8 March 1878 is the first recorded First-Grade cricket match at the Robertson Oval. 22 men of Wagga Wagga took on 11 Australians in a two day match. The Australians, under their first captain, Dave Gregory won by an innings and 117 runs. The match was played in preparation for the 1878 Tour to England.

The ground was the venue for a Sheffield Shield game between New South Wales and Victoria from February 15 to 18, 2015, due to the unavailability of the Sydney Cricket Ground during the 2015 World Cup.[6]

The city will also host under-14 State Challenge matches in 2016 and 2017 and there will be funding set aside to help develop cricket at a grassroots level too.

The Australians scorecard is noted below:

Australians First Innings Runs
C Bannerman c Harris b Douglas 2
AC Bannerman c & b Douglas 2
TP Horan b Thompson 8
GH Bailey b Thompson 16
*DW Gregory c Black b Thompson 36
TW Garrett c Douglas b Harris 73
WL Murdoch b Nelson 93
+JM Blackham c Crocker b Blakeney 14
HF Boyle not out 2
FE Allan c Blakeney b Nelson 0
TK Kendall absent
Sundries 14
Total (all out, 162.3 overs) 260

Fall of Wickets: 1-? (C Bannerman), 2-? (AC Bannerman), 3-21 (Horan), 4-42 (Bailey), 5-98 (Gregory), 6-202 (Garrett), 7-253 (Blackham), 8-260 (Murdoch), 9-260 (Allan, 162.3 ov)

Wagga Wagga Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wkts
Thompson 73 29 94 3
Douglas 44 16 46 2
Howard 4 0 6 0
Fell 4 0 14 0
Clayton 2 0 7 0
Troy 5 1 22 0
Harris 23 6 36 1
Nelson 4.3 1 15 2
Blakeney 3 0 7 1

[7]

Attendance records[edit]

Notable cricket matches[edit]

10 and 12 December 1932 (2-day Match)
scorecard
v
226 (60.6 overs)
S Sly 67*
Mitchell 7/77 (19.6)
313 (61.3 overs)
LEG Ames 91
Rumble 5/73 (17.3)
68/7 (15 overs)
SL Josselyn
Mitchell 5/26 (6)
Match Drawn
Umpires: F Hamilton & D Mooney
9 February 1959 (Single Inning One Day Match)
scorecard
v
117 (35.7 overs)
M Rudd 24
Laker 4/22 (12)
260/8 (35 overs)
PE Richardson 77
Stuckings 3/96 (13)
MCC Won by 8 wickets and batted on
7 January 1971 (Single Inning One Day Match)
scorecard
v
117 (39.2 overs)
M Shepherd 35
Cowdrey 2/9 (1.2)
241/4 (37.1 overs)
G Boycott 76
Dasey 2/40 (5)
MCC Won by 6 wickets and batted on
24 January 1979 (World Series Cricket Country Cup 50 Over Match)
scorecard
v
167 (49 overs)
Haroon Rasheed 51
Prior 3/37 (10)
168/0 (47 overs)
RB McCosker 89
WSC Cavaliers won by 10 wickets
5 December 1980 (50 Over Match)
scorecard
v
108 (48.4 overs)
G Bennett 25
Boock 5/27 (11)
174/9 (50 overs)
JV Coney 46
Regan 2/16 (7)
New Zealanders won by 66 runs
21 November 1991 (50 Over Match)
scorecard
v
220/7 (50 overs)
GG Geise 102
Prabhakar 5/26 (9)
221/2 (47.2 overs)
Manjrekar 46
Indians won by 8 wickets
Umpires: K Norris & KJ Pye

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