drop-in wickets to be used at Perth Stadium have been successfully transferred
from Gloucester Park to the state-of-the-art venue at Burswood.
and transfer process took approximately 20 hours in total, including setup and
preparation time, with three wickets moved yesterday and the final two wickets
transferred this morning.
A crane was
used to lift the wickets from their footings at Gloucester Park, before being
loaded onto two specialist low-loader vehicles that transferred the 25
metre-long wickets to Perth Stadium. A second crane was then used to unload the
wickets and locate them at the cricket wicket nursery at the Stadium, located
on the northern side.
obtained through the prototype wicket established and tested 18-months ago
proved invaluable in constructing the remaining four wickets. On-going testing
has indicated that all five wickets are displaying expected characteristics.
WACA CEO Ms
Christina Matthews said: "This is an exciting milestone and I congratulate all
involved in reaching this stage, in particular our Turf Team, led by Head
Curator Matthew Page.
achievements to-date on the production of the wickets have been significant and
the next phase will be even more so.
absolute faith that we have the best people possible involved in this project
and we continue to expect that we will be able to produce a wicket that
provides WA cricket and the wider community with as entertaining a game as
Curator Matthew Page said: "We’re really happy with what we’ve seen so far from
these wickets and the further maturation time will only benefit them.
be some learning experiences from moving the wickets to Perth Stadium, but we
are excited by this next phase.
geographically only about a kilometre apart, there will be significant
micro-climate differences that will need to be managed and the WACA Turf Team
will be on site daily at Perth Stadium to observe and test how the wickets