The Wanderers Cricket Stadium is the third ground to be used for Test matches in Johannesburg. The other two were the old Wanderers (now the Johannesburg Railway Station) and the Ellis Park Rugby Stadium. Construction on the current stadium commenced in 1955. The first 1st-class match played here was on 16, 17 and 19 November 1956, between Transvaal and Natal. On 30 November 1956, Peter May's MCC side commenced a match against Transvaal, and on the second morning Brian Statham took the first hat-trick on the ground, his first victim being Gerald Ritchie, who later became the Chairman of Gauteng Cricket Board. This ground also witnessed the best Test bowling performance ever by a South African, when Hugh Tayfield took 9 for 113 in the 4th Test against England in 1956/57. The first Test match started here on the 24 December 1956, making the Wanderers Stadium the 41st ground to be used for Test cricket. The ground was used for rugby matches while the Ellis Park Rugby Stadium was being rebuilt. A rugby international between South Africa and South America was played here in 1980. The Wanderers Stadium was privileged to stage the Cricket World Cup 2003 Final. The match, which was dominated by Australia, will be remembered by the 34 000 capacity crowd as a display of colour that was unique in the 47 year history of the Wanderers Stadium. The six weeks of Cricket World Cup 2003 including preliminary matches and culminating in the final, was a unique opportunity to demonstrate to the world the organisational capabilities and facilities of our country and the Board. The Wanderers Stadium now has a number of important facilities, including a new electronic scoreboard, high quality PA system, integrated CCTV, top class broadcast centre and an efficient ticketing system. A total amount of R11.6-million was spent on stadium upgrade.


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