Worcs v Gloucs, Specsavers Championship Div 2, New Road, 2nd day May 30, 2016

Shantry's astounding century turns the tables on Gloucestershire

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Gloucestershire 226 for 5 (van Buuren 104*) trail Worcestershire 439 (Kohler-Cadmore 169, Shantry 106, Norwell 4-70) by 213 runs

Jack Shantry enjoyed a glorious day with the bat, not the ball (file photo) © Getty Images

Jack Shantry turned the clock back to a match played more than 100 years ago when scoring a career-best 106 in a remarkable Worcestershire recovery against Gloucestershire in the Specsavers County Championship at New Road.

History repeated itself when Shantry romped to a second 50 from 14 balls in completing a hundred from the No 10 position - just as Dick Burrows had done in a similar transformation against Gloucestershire in 1907.

Burrows made 112 as the county recovered from 78 for 4 to total 447 and this time they climbed back from 34 for 5 to reach 439. Almost spookily, each innings spanned 113.1 overs.

Shantry, who made his previous century in a promotion-clinching win against Surrey in 2014, followed up his latest exploits by bowling Gloucestershire opener Chris Dent in an opening spell of 13-3-22-1.

Having claimed maximum batting points for the fifth time in six attempts, Worcestershire were in a position to dictate, but the West Country side were kept afloat by Graeme van Buuren's maiden championship century in reaching 226 for 5, still 213 behind at the close.

The 25-year-old South African put on 120 with Gareth Roderick (60) and continued to bat sensibly and soundly in making 104 not out with 11 fours from 206 balls in his hundred.

However four wickets fell in the final session. Roderick was lbw, playing round the front pad to Brett D'Oliveira, and Michael Klinger was a second victim for Shantry, also given out lbw after making 5.

Worse followed for Gloucestershire with Hamish Marshall (34) well caught by Ross Whiteley at mid-wicket off Joe Leach and George Hankins (8) was taken behind the wicket attempting to pull Ed Barnard.

So far the match has been shaped by the depth of Worcestershire's batting. Worcestershire's director of cricket, Steve Rhodes, called it "an amazing turnaround" which was made possible by Tom Kohler-Cadmore's "excellent" partnerships with Ben Cox and Barnard on the first day.

Kohler-Cadmore was eventually caught behind off Liam Norwell for 169 after picking off 35 fours in a six-hour stay.

When he was out, having added 16 to his overnight score, Shantry had just got away with a miscue which looped wide of the slips and landed safely as Norwell came in from third man.

On 39 at the time, the left-hander launched an onslaught against Craig Miles, the paceman conceding 44 in two overs, and in all he hit 11 fours and six sixes before he was bowled by Norwell (four for 70).

Shantry's domination was such that last man Charlle Morris did not score a run while facing of 21 of the 59 balls in their partnership of 69.

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  • John on May 31, 2016, 12:06 GMT

    it is a v short boundary. I paced it out. it was 58 of my strides, compared 90 the other way. I need to get out more! looks like Craig is enjoying his batting today. Wish I was there to see it.

  • Andrew on May 31, 2016, 9:48 GMT

    LondonGlos - good point about Tavare not being fit, and certainly there are some promising players among those you mention. Gloucs are by no means anything like the worst offenders when it comes to prioritising overseas talent. I just found it quite striking yesterday as the top five followed each other to the crease.

    To be fair to Miles, and perhaps this is looking too hard for a silver lining, if it hadn't been for the short boundary on the pavilion side he'd probably have had Shantry caught before he'd really got going! I did though think at one point that Shantry was going to hit 6x6 in an over when he hit the first three balls for six towards the Ladies' Pavillion...

  • John on May 31, 2016, 9:12 GMT

    Worcester has a very good academy. But Gloucester's isn't too bad in that six of yesterday's side came from it, Dent, Hankins, Miles, Payne, Taylor and Norwell. And Will Tavare must be fit soon. Also, I hope Craig Miles gets over the last couple of days. poor chap.

  • Andrew on May 31, 2016, 7:42 GMT

    Having also spent the last two days at Worcester, I agree with LondonGlos. After the first hour on Sunday Gloucester didn't string together enough dot balls, and particularly damning was the fact that Morris was allowed to keep playing and missing outside off stump during his partnership with Shantry - bowling at the stumps would probably have finished things off.

    Worcestershire kept it reasonably tight but Roderick and Van Buren looked relatively untroubled for most of their partnership on what is increasingly looking like a slowish, flat pitch - it's hard to see Worcs having time to bowl Gloucs out twice given rain forecast for Wednesday.

    One observation, which I know is unoriginal - but it is a sad contrast that while 9 of Worcestershire's XI are academy products, and all 11 are English qualified, Gloucestershire's top five is reliant on a New Zealander, an Australian, and two South Africans (Van Buren and Roderick, although the latter has expressed a desire to play for England).

  • John on May 30, 2016, 21:39 GMT

    Having spent the last two days at Worcester I am surprised the reports haven't much mentioned that Worcester bowled very few bad balls compared to Gloucester, and I don't just mean Craig Miles' two overs today. Apart from Liam Norwell there were too many four balls, which the Worcester lower order. and Kohler Cadmore, put away beautifully. We might have to chalk this one up to experience. pleased for van Buren, he really looked the part today.

  • Andy on May 30, 2016, 21:00 GMT

    Worcs v Surrey 18 months ago Mr Shantry made an unexpected hundred so there's more recent history here!

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