Guiding WACA Ground tours a labour of love for Nigel


Nigel Williams in the scoreboard at the WACA Ground. Picture: Bruce Hunt
Nigel Williams in the scoreboard at the WACA Ground. Picture: Bruce Hunt

FOR WA Cricket Association (WACA) tour guide Nigel Williams, a labour of love has had him working as a volunteer for 14 years.

The 73-year-old Mindarie resident’s sporting preference was always cricket but by his own admission was a better footballer, having had an apprenticeship trial for West Ham United Football Club in the early 1960s; unfortunately for him it did not result in him getting selected.

Mr Williams takes his supervised tour visitors to almost every area of the WACA Ground, although the historic 1954-opened Memorial scoreboard is only open to the public once a year on Perth Heritage Day.

The tours run Monday to Friday except match days and public holidays, at 10am and 1pm.

Visitors also get to see a huge display of interesting historic memorabilia in the WACA museum, which includes the infamous ball bowled underarm by Trevor Chappell in the 1981 one-day international against NZ and the aluminium bat used by Dennis Lillee in the Test against England at the WACA Ground in 1979.

There are also interesting pieces of history from other sports that have all been played on the famous ground.