Sadness for Shantry as he quits first-class cricket

Glamorgan’s left arm seamer Adam Shantry has announced his retirement from first-class cricket with immediate effect. Shantry, 28, has quit after a series of knee problems.

He is the second seam bowler Glamorgan have lost this year after David Harrison was also forced to retire prematurely following a hip injury.

“It is with great sadness that I announce my retirement from professional cricket,” he said. “Following surgery last year, and after undergoing a successful rehabilitation in Australia during the winter, I returned to first-class cricket at the start of the season.

“Unfortunately, as the summer has gone on, it has become apparent that my knees can no longer cope with the demands of professional cricket.

“While it is disappointing to leave the game so early, I can look back upon many fantastic memories, and consider myself extremely fortunate to have played with, and against, some of the best players in the world.

“I have loved every minute of it, and would like to thank every single player, coach, and supporter that has helped make my career so enjoyable.”

After signing from Warwickshire in 2007 he played 32 first-class matches, taking 90 wickets at an average of just  over 24.                                    

Colin Metson, Glamorgan’s managing director of cricket said: “There is always sadness when a career comes to an end.

“Adam worked hard during the winter to gain fitness and it’s disappointing it hasn’t worked out for him.  He was a hard-working, honest, committed cricketer, qualities that will assist him in the future.”

Shantry had an exceptional season in 2008, taking 30 wickets at 18 runs apiece, the most economical return by a Glamorgan bowler for 40 years, while he also scored his maiden hundred at Colwyn Bay in 2009.

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