James Taylor

England international James Taylor set for Shrewsbury return

By Stuart Dunn at the Shrewsbury Chronicle

James Taylor will be cheered on from the other side of the world by his Shrewsbury Cricket Club pals when he spearheads England’s quest for World Cup glory in Australia.

Taylor, the former Shrewsbury School run machine, has been the high profile contracted player at London Road for the last couple of seasons.

He previously played for the club more regularly as a 16-year-old during his school days.

Taylor’s commitments with Nottinghamshire, where he captains the Trent Bridge one day side, and now also England have restricted his appearances for Shrewsbury.

But he remains a hugely popular figure with the players at the Birmingham League club who will be keeping close tabs on his performances Down Under when England begin their World Cup campaign against Australia in Melbourne on Saturday.

The match at the MCG is expected to attract a crowd of 90,000 spectators.

Taylor, better known as Jimmy to his Shrewsbury pals, has batted regularly at No 3 since earning an England recall and compiled a matchwinning 82 as India were recently beaten in a decisive match in the Tri-Series in Perth.

“The way he played against India was fantastic,” said Rob Foster, the Shrewsbury captain. “He’s done very well and I think in the past he’s been harshly treated by England.

“But he’s gone and played well for Nottinghamshire, scored lots of runs, and he’s made the most of his chance since getting back in the England team which is great to see.”

Taylor, 25, has indicated to Foster he wants to continue as Shrewsbury’s contracted player even though he’s now establishing himself on the international stage.

“I still think he’s keen to be a contracted player for Shrewsbury,” said the skipper. “We’re keen to keep our association with Jimmy going.

“He’s still very humble, a nice lad, and he keeps in touch with a lot of the players at the club. He played once for us last season, at Berkswell, but came down to watch a few other games and it’s always great to see him.

“He still goes back to Shrewsbury School as well to see Paul Pridgeon and Andy Barnard so he still gets back to Shrewsbury when he can.”

Meanwhile, Shrewsbury have added a promising youngster to their squad with the club’s new coach Adam Shantry, the former Glamorgan and Warwickshire seamer, paving the way for the arrival of 16-year-old allrounder Ryan Harman.

“He bowls and bats and comes highly recommended,” said Foster. “He’s involved with the Glamorgan Academy set up in the North Wales Elite Development programme where Adam coaches. He’s someone Glamorgan are keen on.

“He’s another good addition to the club and he’s an ambitious lad.”

aA seam bowling allrounder, Harman has represented Wales at under-15 level

Adam Shantry to run Shrewsbury Cricket Camps for youngsters

By Stuart Dunn at the Shrewsbury Chronicle

Former professional cricketer Adam Shantry, Shrewsbury’s new head coach, will be running a number of school holiday cricket camps at Shrewsbury Cricket Club later this year.

Shantry, an ECB Level 3 coach, enjoyed a successful career in the first-class game with Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Glamorgan.

He is now settled back home in Shrewsbury having taken up a coaching role at Shrewsbury School and he’s excited to have been asked to coach Birmingham League club Shrewsbury.

Now he is also looking forward to running three coaching courses for local cricketers at Shrewsbury’s London Road ground.

The first will take place between April 6-8 from 10am-4pm each day and is open to cricketers aged from under-11 up to under-15.

Two more cricket camps have also been arranged for the school summer holidays, again from 10am-4pm each day, between July 21-13 and then August 11-13.

The two summer holiday courses are for youngsters aged from under-eight up to under-14.

Ed Foster, Shrewsbury’s free-scoring opening batsman, said: “We’ve always had interest from our junior members and their parents for more cricket during the summer holidays and with Adam joining the club as head coach this season, it seemed like the perfect time to launch Shrewsbury Cricket Camps.

“Adam’s level of coaching expertise and his experience in the professional cricket game is pretty much unrivalled in Shropshire so this is a great opportunity for young cricketers to improve their game.

“While Adam is head coach at Shrewsbury and the sessions will take place at the club, the camps are open to young players of various ages and abilities, regardless of which, if any, club they play their junior cricket at.”

Shantry, whose younger brother Jack is now renowned as one of the star players at Worcestershire, will lead a structured coaching programme.

The cricket camps will focus on cricket specific skills – batting, bowling, fielding, fitness – and include competitions, small sided games and soft and hard ball nets.

They will be designed to be both challenging and enjoyable for budding cricketers of all abilities.

Progressive training will be tailored to individual needs, focused on skill development in a supportive environment and highly qualified and experienced coaches will give expert coaching to all youngsters.

Shrewsbury’s London Road ground also now offers a brand new multi-lane net facility and is one of the finest cricket grounds in the region.

For more information and to book a place, visit www.shrewsburycricketcamps.co.uk

Introducing Shrewsbury Cricket Camps

New for this season, Shrewsbury Cricket Club will be running three cricket camps where children of various ages and levels of ability will be able to improve their game whilst also having fun! Find out more at www.shrewsburycricketcamps.co.uk

The cricket camps will focus on cricket specific skills (batting, bowling, fielding, fitness), include competitions, small sided games and soft and hard ball nets. They will be both challenging and enjoyable for budding cricketers of all abilities and expertly led by ECB Level 3 coach and former professional cricketer Adam Shantry as part of his new role as Shrewsbury CC’s head coach.

With places limited, ensure you book your place quickly. For more information, visit www.shrewsburycricketcamps.co.uk

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