County Championship: Graeme van Buuren responds after Jack Shantry's sparkling ton

Worcestershire all-rounder Jack Shantry
Jack Shantry hit his first century for Worcestershire against Surrey in September 2014
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, New Road
Worcestershire v Gloucestershire, day two
Worcestershire 439: Kohler-Cadmore 169, Shantry 106, Cox 75, Barnard 50
Gloucestershire 226-5: Van Buuren 104*, Roderick 60
Worcestershire lead by 213 runs
Worcestershire 6 pts, Gloucestershire 4 pts
Match scorecard

Worcestershire all-rounder Jack Shantry smashed a stunning century to put his side in charge against Gloucestershire.

In reply to the hosts' total of 439, Gloucestershire responded well to reach 226-5, with South African Graeme van Buuren leading the way on 104 not out.

That leaves the visitors within 64 runs of avoiding the follow-on at New Road.

Resuming on their overnight 341-8, centurion Tom Kohler-Cadmore added only 16 before being out for 169, while Shantry's 106 was also a career-best.

Shantry took 79 balls to reach his half-century, having spent most of it as supporting partner to Kohler-Cadmore, and he had been given a let-off when a sliced shot off David Payne dropped between a ring of fielders.

He was unbeaten on 39 when Kohler-Cadmore was ninth out, before successfully going in search of a fifth batting bonus point as the 110-over cut-off approached.

And his sparkling second 50 came off just 14 balls, with two overs from Craig Miles costing 44 runs, as he plundered 11 fours and six sixes - the last of them to reach three figures.

In their 10th-wicket stand of 69 in 59 balls, last man Charlie Morris did not manage a run, lasting 40 minutes and facing 21 balls for his nought not out.

The centurions of Worcester and Gloucester

Van Buuren's gritty first century for Gloucestershire, which only came up in the final over of the day from 206 balls, was his first in England.

Coming on top of Shantry's second first-class century and Kohler-Cadmore's career-best, it means that there have now been seven centurions in this season's two Championship meetings between Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.

Worcestershire's Joe Clarke also recorded his highest first-class score (135) at Bristol in April, before Moeen Ali made an unbeaten final-day 136, to follow the lead of Gloucestershire pair Chris Dent (138 not out) and Jack Taylor (105).

Shantry's feat of making a century batting at number 10 followed the example of one of his Worcestershire cricketing forebears Dick Burrows, who did the same against Gloucestershire way back in 1907.

'Jack Shantry a very dangerous player' - Rhodes

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes:

"Once you've got that sort of platform, Jack Shantry is a very dangerous player to have down the order. If he gets his confidence up, he is a very sweet striker.

"The one thing about Jack is he is a fierce competitor. There were some good shots and he managed to hit gaps which is always useful.

"He has given us momentum but we shouldn't forget the innings Tom Kohler-Cadmore played in setting everything up."

Jack Shantry told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"It was really pleasing to get the 400 for the team and then to get to the personal milestone.

"Tom Kohler-Cadmore batted exceptionally well on Sunday and for us to come back and score 400 was a phenomenal effort.

"It was my job to stay with Tom first thing this morning and, when Tom got out, I had the licence to play my way."

Gloucestershire century-maker Graeme van Buuren:

"It meant all the world to me. That was a hard-fought knock. I'm still finding the conditions in England a bit tough.

"It was just about grinding through and getting the bowlers into their third and fourth spells. That's all I was thinking, no matter what I was looking like.

"What a feeling, it's indescribable. I found it hard graft at first but luckily I came out on top."

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