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The oval in Bolton Park was renamed Michael Slater Oval as a tribute to the career of New South Wales and Australian cricketer Michael Slater who was born 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:Tarcutta Street, Bolton Park, Michael Slater Oval, Wagga Wagga , 2650
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.118347
Long: 147.376954
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 4th March, 2014
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City of 
Wagga Wagga

Michael Slater Oval

Michael Slater
Born in Wagga Wagga, Michael played in 74 Cricket Tests and
42 One Day Internationals for Australia, with a top score of 219
in the first test against Sri Lanka at the WACA in 1995. 
He and fellow Wagga cricketer Mark Taylor formed a formidable
opening partnership for Australia for almost a decade. 
Michael played junior cricket with the Wagga Wagga RSL and
Lake Albert clubs. 
Source: MA
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