DateLine: 23rd January 2008
Adam Shantry joined Glamorgan at the end of the 2007 season after signing a two-year contract with the Welsh county.
Shantry began his county career in 2003 with Northamptonshire, for whom he took 5/37 in a one day match against New Zealand in 2004, before switching to Warwickshire the following year.
On his Warwickshire debut in 2006, he confirmed his potential with figures of 5/49 against the strong West Indies A touring team, and then in 2007, in one of only two Championship outings, he took 4/31 against Sussex at Hove, during which his new ball bowling single-handedly reduced the county champions to 16/4.
"Adam has had limited opportunities in the past few seasons at 1st XI level," said Matthew Maynard, Glamorgan's Cricket Manager, "but from speaking to those who have played with, and against, him, Adam is a bowler with great potential. His left-arm bowling will add further variety to our seam attack, and I`m delighted that Adam has agreed terms with us for the next couple of years."
After playing in the opening one-day friendlies of the season, Adam was affected by various niggling injuries, and he did not make his 1st XI bow until August. However, he subsequently remained an ever-present in the county's Championship line-up after a most impressive debut against essex at Southend wherer his lively and penetrative swing bowler played a major role in Glamorgan's comprehensive victory over Essex.
In his seven matches in 2008, Adam claimed a total of 30 wickets at just 18 runs apiece to finish the season with the best bowling average for the club in 40 summers. He also rounded off the year with his first-ever 10 wicket match haul at Edgbaston, including a career-best return of 5/52 against Warwickshire.
(Article: Copyright © 2008 Dr.A.K.Hignell)