Ken Baxter
Ken Baxter
Ken Baxter

Playing Career: 1974/75 – 1984/85

MCC Club Coach: 1974/75, 1975/76, 1976/77, 1977/78, 1978/79 and 1984/85
A Grade Captain: 1974/75, 1975/76, 1976/77, 1977/78, 1978/79 and 1984/85
Cricketer of the Year: 1977/78, 1979/80
Club Legend Inductee: 2014
Premiership Player: 1974/75, 1975/76

Ken was recruited to Maddington as club coach and captain in the 1974/75 season with the task of restoring Maddington back into 1st grade of the South Suburban Cricket Association.
Maddington achieved immediate success by winning the 2nd grade premiership in 1974/75 and Maddington were promoted back into the A grade competition.
1975/76 saw Maddington win the A grade premiership with a fighting win against Thornlie.
In addition to the two premierships Maddington Ken led Maddington to the semi-finals in three seasons.

Ken was recruited from Cannington CC where he was an extremely quick bowler and devastating middle order batsman. In his first season at Maddington Ken won both the Association batting and bowling trophies. With his fast bowling days over, he won the bowling with leg spin bowling. (If you ask Ken, they turned square. If you ask anyone else they didn’t move off the straight.)

Ken played in 73 matches, scored 3063 runs with a high score of 172 vs Thornlie in 1977/78. He scored seven centuries and 15 half centuries with a batting average of 45.72. A damaging ball striker, his 78 sixes were some of the biggest ever hit at Maddington.

Ken took 106 wickets at an average of 13.86 with a best bowling of 5/13 against Thornlie.

Ken also represented the South Suburban Cricket Assn and the WA Cricket Union. Ken is also a Life Member of the Cannington Cricket Club.

Ken was recruited to lead Maddington back into A grade, but achieved much more than this. His influence is still seen today through some of the players introduced to competitive A grade cricket during his tenure as club captain and coach.