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Full name Jack David Shantry
Born January 29, 1988, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Current age 26 years 333 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, Sep 23-25, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Essex v Worcestershire at Colchester, Aug 23, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Worcestershire v Gloucestershire at Worcester, Aug 13, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Worcestershire v Yorkshire at Worcester, Jun 4, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Surrey v Worcestershire at The Oval, Aug 2, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|6, 2/67, 38||Worcs||v Essex||Chelmsford||23 Sep 2014||FC|
|21, 6/87, 101*, 4/44||Worcs||v Surrey||Worcester||9 Sep 2014||FC|
|2/77, 37, 1/53, 13||Worcs||v Derbyshire||Derby||31 Aug 2014||FC|
|1, 1/82, 6, 0/24||Worcs||v Gloucs||Worcester||15 Aug 2014||FC|
|2, 2/32||Worcs||v Gloucs||Worcester||13 Aug 2014||LA|
|0/11||Worcs||v Hampshire||Southampton||11 Aug 2014||LA|
|1/55||Worcs||v Lancashire||Worcester||9 Aug 2014||LA|
|7, 0/22||Worcs||v Yorkshire||Leeds||7 Aug 2014||LA|
|8, 2/26||Worcs||v Surrey||The Oval||2 Aug 2014||T20|
|5*, 0/15||Worcs||v Derbyshire||Worcester||31 Jul 2014||LA|
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.
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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