Full name Jack David Shantry
Born January 29, 1988, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Current age 28 years 309 days
Major teams Minor Counties Under-25s, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Worcestershire 2nd XI
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium
|First-class debut||Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire at Worcester, Aug 25-28, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Essex v Worcestershire at Chelmsford, Aug 31-Sep 2, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Essex v Worcestershire at Colchester, Aug 23, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Somerset v Worcestershire at Taunton, Aug 17, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Worcestershire v Yorkshire at Worcester, Jun 4, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Derbyshire v Worcestershire at Derby, Jul 22, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0, 1/135, 18||Worcs||v Essex||Chelmsford||31 Aug 2016||FC|
|1/80, 1/6, 4*||Worcs||v Northants||Worcester||23 Aug 2016||FC|
|1, 0/30||Worcs||v Somerset||Taunton||17 Aug 2016||LA|
|4, 1/59, 29, 0/51||Worcs||v Glamorgan||Worcester||13 Aug 2016||FC|
|7/39, 0, 0/18||Worcs 2nd XI||v Notts 2nd XI||Worcester||2 Aug 2016||Other|
|0/30||Worcs||v Pakistanis||Worcester||29 Jul 2016||Other|
|1/51, 0||Worcs||v Northants||Worcester||27 Jul 2016||LA|
|3, 0/16||Worcs||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||24 Jul 2016||LA|
|1/30, 5||Worcs||v Derbyshire||Derby||22 Jul 2016||T20|
|0/21||Worcs||v Warwickshire||Worcester||15 Jul 2016||T20|
The figure of fun who became a folk hero. Eyebrows were raised when Worcestershire signed Jack Shantry. A decent but unexceptional player in the local leagues, Shantry seemed to bowl with an impossibly awkward action and with a lack of pace that one journalist described as "somewhere between slow and stationary."
But Shantry had the last laugh. With hard work, self-belief, no little skill and the support of a benevolent environment, he developed into a fine county seamer with a record that defies the doubters. And with obvious enthusiasm for his task - on good days and bad - he gradually became a favourite of the Worcestershire supporters.
The younger brother of Adam Shantry, also a left-arm swing bowler whose increasingly impressive career with Northants, Warwickshire and Glamorgan was ended by injury, Jack developed through the Shropshire age-group teams. He claimed 10-wickets in a minor counties game in 2008 - his side, Shropshire, still lost - and broke into the Worcestershire side towards the end of 2009.
Blessed with a high action from his tall frame, excellent control and a natural nip away from the right hander, Shantry claimed a maiden five-wicket haul against Leicestershire in 2010. But it took time to cement his place in the side and after a modest 2011 (he claimed 14 first-class wicket at 45.28 apiece) and 2012 (15 at 28.20), it seemed his future was in the limited-overs game.
But he enjoyed a far better 2013 - he claimed 45 wickets at 26.28 including a haul of 7-69 against Essex the most eye-catching of several fine contributions - and an outstanding 2014 (56 wickets at 23.95). Meanwhile his economy-rate in List A cricket continued to drop and his batting continued to improve.
Shantry played a key role in unfancied Worcestershire's well-deserved promotion in 2014. As well as 5-53 against Surrey in June, he enjoyed a remarkable match against the same opposition in a September game that clinched promotion. Having taken 6-87, he came into to bat in his side's second innings with Worcestershire seven down and leading by just 34 and thrashed a maiden century from only 86 balls. Then with Surrey 106-1 and chasing 217, he claimed another four wickets to not only secure victory but register his maiden 10-wicket match. Bothamesque, was one apt description.
Back in Division One, he claimed an impressive 57 Championship wickets at a cost of only 25.08 in 2015 - only seven men in the division took more - but it wasn't enough to help his side avoid relegation.
His lack of pace renders Shantry a largely unfashionable cricketer, but his record is better than some left-armers seemingly destined for higher honours.
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