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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Youngster Panayi gets England call

By Stuart Dunn at the Shrewsbury Chronicle

Skipper Rob Foster insists George Panayi’s first call up to the England under-17 squad has come as no surprise to anyone at Shrewsbury Cricket Club.

Fast bowler Panayi, a student at Shrewsbury School, has been selected for the young England tour to Dubai in February to play against Pakistan’s under-17s.

Foster predicts a bright future for Panayi, who played plenty of second team cricket for Shrewsbury last summer, while he was also given a taste of first team action in the Birmingham League’s premier division.

The captain reckons Panayi, 17, will be pushing for a regular first team place at London Road next summer, particularly as Shrewsbury have lost the services of another promising paceman in Dewi Jones.

Jones has been told he must now play his club cricket in South Wales after signing a contract with Glamorgan, for whom he made his first-class debut against Middlesex in July while he was a Shrewsbury player.

Panayi, also a member of the Warwickshire CCC Academy, hails from Hertfordshire but opted to play his club cricket for Shrewsbury owing to the close relationship the club enjoy with Shrewsbury School.

“He’s a hugely exciting cricketer,” said Foster. “He played a few league games for the first team last year and has also played some knockout games.

“He’s a very quick bowler for his age and he’s got a very good skill set in that he can bowl yorkers and bouncers. He’s also a useful batsman so he’s a very good all round cricketer and nothing really fazes him.

“I would imagine when he’s free of Shrewsbury School commitments next summer that he will be banging down the door to be involved with our first team.”

Foster added Shrewsbury were disappointed to lose Jones after a single season but completely understood the reasons behind his departure and that they wished him well in his pursuit of a successful career in first-class cricket with Glamorgan.

“Obviously, Glamorgan have strong ties with the Welsh clubs and having given Dewi a contract, they want him to be with a club down there,” said Foster.

“It’s a shame to have lost him but it’s for good reasons as Dewi is doing well with Glamorgan.

“He really enjoyed the time he spent at Shrewsbury and took wickets and also contributed with the bat down the order.”

Meanwhile, Andy Barnard, the master in charge of cricket at Shrewsbury School, said Panayi’s international recognition was richly deserved.

“George has worked hard and long for this exciting selection,” said Barnard. “He becomes Shrewsbury School’s fifth national age group selection in the last ten years.”

Current Shrewsbury first teamer Ed Barnard, who also plays for Worcestershire, represented England under-19s in the last two years.

Rhuadri Smith, now with Glamorgan, played for Scotland under-19s in 2012/13.

Going further back, James Taylor, who is still attached to Shrewsbury CC, played for England U17s during his Shrewsbury School days in 2007 and also the under-19s in 2009.

Taylor is currently playing for the senior England One Day International team in Sri Lanka and top scored with 90 in last Sunday’s six-wicket defeat, his first appearance of the tour.

Scott Ellis also represented Shrewsbury School with disctinction when he played for England’s under-19s in 1994.

Barnard added: “Having narrowly missed out on selection for the Bunbury Festival two years ago, George’s outstanding performances at Shrewsbury School, where he was the leading all-rounder last season, and for Warwickshire CCC and Shrewsbury CC have promoted him into national selection.

“The hard work carried out with Paul Pridgeon, the School’s cricket professional, has helped develop George’s game and effectiveness on the pitch.”

Panayi is currently on tour in the United Arab Emirates with Shrewsbury School.

“The trip will be excellent preparation for his upcoming matches against Pakistan under-17s, one of the strongest age group teams in the world,” stressed Barnard.

Adam Shantry

Adam Shantry becomes Shrewsbury’s Head Coach

By Stuart Dunn at the Shrewsbury Chronicle

Ambitious Shrewsbury have appointed former professional cricketer Adam Shantry as their new head coach as they set their sights on more success.

The London Road club, Birmingham League champions in 2010 and 2013, are delighted to have secured the services of Shantry, who enjoyed a successful career as a left-arm bowler in the first-class game with Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Glamorgan.

Shantry, 32, will work closely with both the club’s senior players and also the host of exciting young talent within Shrewsbury’s junior programme.

There is also the prospect that he might play the occasional match for the first team although he will have to take into account his fitness having been forced to retire from the professional game owing to a knee injury.

“Shrewsbury’s a great club and I’m really excited to be involved,” said Shantry, these days a cricket coach at Shrewsbury School who also works for the Glamorgan Academy.

“I can still play just about, but I’m joining the club primarily as a coach. What Shrewsbury have achieved already is fantastic and I just want to help add to that.

“There’s plans to improve the youth system and I’m looking forward to improving training for the seniors and making it as fun and as interesting as possible.

“I spent five winters playing for clubs in Australia and they would often have more than 40 people training twice a week in the evening for two hours.

“I want to get more people wanting to attend senior training, get the numbers up, stay for a drink afterwards and really build the team spirit.”

Shrewsbury’s free-scoring opening batsman Ed Foster insisted the county town club were excited to have Shantry on board.

“We’re hoping he can take us to another level,” said Foster. “We’re really pleased that Adam’s coming in. It’s a big step for the club and it’s not something we’ve done since Ross Stephen used to come over from Australia.

“We’re looking for our junior programme to really develop under Adam while he will also work with the club’s senior players.

“Adam will deliver and implement a coaching programme for our junior members so he can really put his stamp on the sessions.

“We also plan to hold training camps for both junior members and non-club members during the summer holidays to give more youngsters the chance to play cricket and potentially get involved with the club.

“Adam’s very excited about it and looking forward to it.

“It’s great for us to have secured the services of a reputable coach and he may even play for us in some games when he’s free of other commitments with Shrewsbury School.”

Shantry comes from a big cricketing family as his dad Brian used to play professionally for Gloucestershire.

His younger brother Jack, 26, a former Shrewsbury player, opens the bowling for Worcestershire and played a key role in their recent promotion to the first division of the County Championship.

Shantry started his cricket career locally with Perkins (now Reman Services) and also represented Shropshire before breaking through to the first-class game with Northants.

He then moved to Edgbaston to play for Warwickshire before a successful spell at Glamorgan where he hit his maiden first-class century.

2015 Pre-season net dates confirmed

Dates for the club’s senior pre-season nets have now been confirmed.

The club is actively seeking new senior playing members and anyone interesting in joining is encouraged to attend or get in touch with either of the club’s captains here.

In total five sessions have been booked so far at Shrewsbury School’s indoor centre. These sessions will take place on Monday evenings between 8.30pm and 10pm with a cost of £3 per player.

Monday 26th January  – 8.30pm – 10pm
Monday 9th February – 8.30pm – 10pm
Monday 23rd February – 8.30pm – 10pm
Monday 9th March – 8.30pm – 10pm
Monday 23rd March – 8.30pm – 10pm

Please note: Sessions are open to all current and prospective members who will be playing senior cricket in 2015.

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Club scores highly in end of season marks

Shrewsbury faired well when the umpires pitch, ground and fair play marks were totalled at the end of the Birmingham League Premier Division season.

The club’s London Road pitches were ranked the top in the Birmingham Premier League with the condition of the outfield coming second out of the twelve teams who compete in the division.

Rob Foster’s first eleven side finished a creditable third in the fair play marking.

All marks are awarded by the umpires of each match.

Club Chairman Richard Chapman commented “These are excellent results for the club and for all those who endeavoured to ensure we have this standard of facility.”

Shrewsbury CC AGM 2014

Shrewsbury Cricket Club gives notice of the forthcoming 2014 AGM to be held at the club on Wednesday 12th November 2014 at 7.30pm.

All Members whether they are Players, Life members, Honorary members, Social members and Parents of Juniors are urged to attend as the clubs future regarding the playing, development and social aspects of the club will be discussed in depth and determined by the participants at the meeting.

Parents/Guardians of club juniors are reminded they are valued members of this club and are entitled to one vote at the AGM.

a) Only present 2014, paid up, members will be permitted into the clubhouse for the AGM.
b) Junior Members and Honorary Members are reminded they are not eligible to vote.

Club Constitution
At the AGM the existing Committee will be recommending two important changes to the clubs Constitution these being:

  • A more simplified club membership categorisation.
  • A major change to the clubs Committee structure.

In addition to the proposals above the AGM also determines the membership subscriptions for the following year. The existing Committee will be recommending the levels of subscription based on the proposed revised membership categories. You are therefore urged to attend and have your say on the clubs future.