Jack Shantry

Country: England
Born: January 29, 1988, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Left arm Medium
Playing role: Bowler

Jack Shantry Bio

Jack David Shantry is an English cricket player who defied all odds to become a respected and admired figure in the sport. Despite initial doubts and criticisms about his unorthodox bowling action and lack of pace, Shantry worked hard to develop into a skilled left-arm seamer with a remarkable record.

Born in England, Jack Shantry hails from a family with a cricketing background. His older brother, Adam Shantry, was also a left-arm swing bowler who enjoyed success with various county teams before his career was cut short due to injury. Following in his brother’s footsteps, Jack began his cricket journey in the Shropshire age-group teams, showcasing his talent and potential at a young age.

Shantry’s breakthrough moment came in 2008 when he claimed an impressive 10-wicket haul in a minor counties game. Despite his individual success, his team, Shropshire, suffered a loss. However, this performance caught the attention of Worcestershire, and he made his debut for the county side in the latter part of 2009.

Blessed with a tall frame and a high bowling action, Shantry possessed excellent control and the ability to generate natural movement away from right-handed batsmen. He soon started to make his mark in county cricket, taking his maiden five-wicket haul against Leicestershire in 2010. While he faced some struggles in the following years, Shantry’s determination and hard work paid off as he enjoyed a successful 2013, taking 45 wickets at an average of 26.28.

His standout performance during Worcestershire’s promotion-winning campaign in 2014 cemented his place as a key player in the team. In a pivotal match against Surrey, Shantry took six wickets in the first innings and then played a stunning innings of 101 runs from just 86 balls in the second innings, securing victory and his maiden 10-wicket match. This remarkable display earned him comparisons to cricket legend Sir Ian Botham.

In 2015, despite Shantry’s impressive tally of 57 Championship wickets at an average of 25.08, Worcestershire was unable to avoid relegation. However, he continued to display his all-round skills by contributing significantly with the bat as well as improving his economy rate in limited-overs cricket.

Shantry’s exceptional abilities on the cricket field did not go unnoticed, and he played a crucial role in Worcestershire’s success. In 2016, he replicated a remarkable feat achieved more than a century earlier by scoring a career-best 106 runs in a match against Gloucestershire. He achieved this fantastic milestone from the number 10 position and completed his century in just 14 balls, emulating Dick Burrows’ astonishing performance in 1907.

Sadly, Shantry’s cricketing career was cut short due to injury, leading to his retirement in 2017. However, his love for the game remained, and he decided to stay involved by taking up umpiring. Although his playing days may be over, Jack Shantry’s remarkable journey from being a figure of fun to a beloved folk hero in English cricket will forever be remembered.

Jack Shantry Career Stats

Jack Shantry Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
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FC 92 118 32 1640 106 19.06 2961 55.38 2 2 226 24 30 0
List A 73 33 16 188 31 11.05 267 70.41 0 0 18 0 18 0
T20s 90 23 11 87 12* 7.25 91 95.6 0 0 6 3 20 0

Jack Shantry Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
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FC 92 160 16197 7783 266 7/60 10/26 29.25 2.88 60.8 12 12 2
List A 73 73 2999 2800 92 4/29 4/29 30.43 5.6 32.5 3 0 0
T20s 90 88 1930 2596 92 4/33 4/33 28.21 8.07 20.9 1 0 0

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