Herbie Baxter was a steady batsman with a decent record in club cricket with Swansea either side of the First World War. A plumber by trade, the Great War interrupted his playing career and deprived him of a chance of breaking into Glamorgan’s Minor County side.
His opportunity eventually came in 1920 when he was chosen to play in the friendly against Carmarthenshire at Llanelli. He grabbed the opportunity to showcase his talents with the Cheshire-born right-hander making an assured 56.
Herbie was a plumber by trade and his work commitments prevented him from accepting invitations to play on a regular basis for Glamorgan during their inaugural summer in the County Championship. However, in June 1921 he was able to play against Northamptonshire at the Arms Park – a game that proved to be his sole appearance at first-class level.
He also served on the Glamorgan committee during 1921 where his knowledge of playing talent in the local leagues was invaluable to the Club’s officials as they looked to recruit new faces, besides using his contacts in the Swansea area to help the success of matches at the St.Helen’s ground.
BAXTER, Herbert Wood
Born – Stockport, 2 April 1883
Died – Stockport, 25 April 1962
Career-bests for Glamorgan:
In Minor county cricket – 56* v Carmarthenshire at Llanelli, 1920
In first-class cricket – 10 v Northamptonshire at Arms Park, 1921