06 March 2024

Celebrating the Illustrious Career of Gary Baxter: A Tribute to 28 Years of Dedication to Match Officiating

Celebrating the Illustrious Career of Gary Baxter: A Tribute to 28 Years of Dedication to Match Officiating

After nearly three decades of unwavering commitment to the game of cricket, Gary Baxter, a stalwart figure in the cricketing world in New Zealand, has bid farewell to his role as a match official. With a career spanning 28 years, Baxter leaves behind a legacy that will be remembered and celebrated for years to come.

Baxter’s journey into cricket officiating began in 1998 when he umpired his first First-Class game. Little did he know then that this would mark the commencement of a remarkable odyssey in the realm of cricket administration. Over the years, Baxter’s expertise and professionalism on the field earned him the trust and respect of players, coaches, and fans alike.

In 2005, Baxter reached another milestone as he officiated his first international match, a momentous occasion that paved the way for numerous international assignments over the ensuing years. His tenure as an international umpire spanned nearly a decade, during which he officiated in 38 One Day Internationals and 16 T20 Internationals, showcasing his proficiency and poise in high-pressure encounters on the global stage.

Following his illustrious stint as an umpire, Baxter transitioned seamlessly into the role of match referee in 2014, where he continued to uphold the values of fairness and integrity that are synonymous with cricket. His astute judgment and impartiality earned him widespread acclaim, establishing him as a trusted authority figure in the cricketing community.

Baxter’s impact extended far beyond the international arena, as he remained deeply committed to the development of cricket at the domestic level in Canterbury and throughout New Zealand. His involvement in over 400 List A and First-Class games not only exemplifies his dedication but also underscores his invaluable contribution to the growth and success of cricket in the region.


Apart from his contributions to cricket, Baxter’s versatility and passion for sports led him to dabble in refereeing Rugby League, where he officiated in both local and even one international fixture. His foray into rugby league exemplifies his multifaceted talents and his enduring love for sportsmanship and competition.

As Baxter embarks on the next chapter of his life, retiring at the age of 72, the cricketing fraternity bids him a fond farewell, expressing gratitude for his unwavering service and indelible impact on the sport. In recognition of his unparalleled dedication and achievements, Baxter was honoured with a commemorative plaque at the 5th round of the Plunket Shield at Mainpower Ave, Rangiora, a fitting tribute to a man whose contributions will forever be etched in the annals of Canterbury and New Zealand cricketing history.