Ken Baxter

This weeks “blast from the past” #5 is the man who lead our 1st grade team to 7 consecutive premierships in the 1960/70s, Ken Baxter.
Our records don’t go back to the first of these premierships in 1964/65 so a small amount of stats are missing,
Ken was an amazing left hand top order batsman and very quick opening bowler.
Ken played 78 games from 1965/66 to 1970/71 and then 1 more season in 1983/84. He played in 7 grand finals winning all seven (the 1970/71 premiership was shared) all of them in 1st grade and he captained all seven. He captained in 70 games, winning 57 games and losing only 10, an 81.43% win ratio. The 1966/67 premiership was undefeated.
His individual stats are brilliant. With the bat he made 2472 runs at an average of 33.41 with 4 centuries and 14 fifties, with a highest score of 147. With the ball he took 244 wickets at an average of 11.84 taking 10 wickets in a match once and 5 in an innings 19 times with a best return of 8/22 twice vs Armadale and Gosnells in 1968. He also was a fine slip fielder and took 72 catches.
His highlight came in a partnership of 205 with Godfrey Woods in 1967 vs Gosnells of which he made 131 in just 20 overs.
Ken was made a life member of the Tigers in the 1970s.
Please share your memories or any photos you have of Ken in the comments below.