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The oval in Bolton Park was renamed Mark Taylor Oval as a tribute to the career of New South Wales and Australian cricketer Mark Taylor who spent his early years in Wagga Wagga. 

The City of Wagga Wagga yesterday paid tribute to the careers of NSW and Australian Test cricketers Geoff Lawson, Mark Taylor and Michael Slater by naming ovals after them at Bolton Park (March 4).

“Geoff Lawson and Michael Slater were born in Wagga Wagga, while Mark Taylor spent his early years from age eight in the city and all three are recognised as some of Australia’s best cricketers,” Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Rod Kendall said.

“Taylor and Slater were a formidable opening duo for Australia and scored almost 13,000 Test runs between them while Lawson took 180 Test wickets.”

Taylor and Lawson joined Mayor Kendall and Cricket NSW Chief Executive Andrew Jones at the opening, while Slater was represented by his father, Peter, after being unable to attend.

As part of the celebrations, Ashmont Oval was also be renamed in recognition of the late Jack Misson. “Jack was the first Principal of Ashmont Public School and a highly respected and long serving local cricket umpire,” Mayor Kendall explained. “He umpired countless grade matches, representative and Shield games and stood behind the stumps until he was 80 years of age.

“The renaming of the Bolton Park Ovals and Ashmont Oval in honour of the four local identities is a fitting tribute to their sporting success and service.”
Cricket NSW, 5th March 2014.


Address:Morgan Street, Bolton Park, Mark Taylor Oval, Wagga Wagga, 2650
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.117026
Long: 147.375968
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 4th March, 2014
Front Inscription

City of 
Wagga Wagga

Mark Taylor 

Mark Taylor
Raised in Wagga Wagga, Mark played 104 Cricket Tests and
113 One Day Internationals for Australia, leading the team as
Captain in 50 tests and 67 One Day Internationals. 
Mark played his junior cricket for South Wagga Wagga Public School
and Lake Albert Cricket Club. 
In 1999 he was named Australian of the Year and in 2003 he
was inducted into the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame. 

Source: MA
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