Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Shantry Looks Back From Down Under On Incredible Promotion Sealing Performance

Shantry Looks Back From Down Under On Incredible Promotion Sealing Performance

Jack Shantry has taken time out to reflect on his incredible performance with bat and bat which means Worcestershire will play LV = County Championship Division One cricket in their 150th Anniversary Year.

The New Road paceman is currently the other side of the world playing club cricket for Greenvale Kangaroos and enjoying Christmas Down Under with his family.

But the memory of his sterling exploits against Surrey in September still burns bright amongst members and supporters at this festive time of the year.

Shantry became the first player in the history of first class cricket to take 10 wickets in a game and score a century batting at number nine or lower as he rescued a lost looking cause.

He said: "It was just an incredible match. There were so many points in the game where we thought we had lost it.

"The way the crowd reacted throughtout our second innings was remarkable. We had a lead of 37 seven wickets down when I walked out and the crowd were very subdued and quiet.

"Then when Meaker came on and started bowling short, I got a couple of cuts and pulls away and there were almost ironic cheers.

"Then as Leachy and I both started to score freely they became louder, but also different in tone as we started to build a bigger lead.

"When I got to 100 I've never had an ovation like it, and I doubt I will again.

"I have bowled as that before in a game, but I've never hit the ball as sweetly as I did on the third afternoon.

"It was one of those matches where things went my way all of a sudden."

Shantry added: "To become the third player to get 10 wickets and a 100 in a game for Worcestershire, with one of the others being Imran Khan, is something I'll be proud of for the rest of my life.

"I've also been told since that I'm the first person to do it from number nine or lower in the history of cricket, which considering the amount of first class games played is something I can't quite believe.

"To do it all in a match with such significance for Worcestershire and get promotion made it ten times as special.

"When Alexei Kervezee hit the stumps to run out their last man, it was one of the best feelings in my life, and the next couple of minutes were a blur.

"I can just remember all of us jumping up and down in a huddle."