Worcestershire v Surrey: Hosts win to seal promotion at New Road

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at New Road
Jack Shantry
Worcestershire left-armer Jack Shantry had never before taken 10 wickets in a first-class match
LV= County Championship Division Two, New Road
Worcestershire 272 & 350 beat Surrey 406 & 189 by 27 runs
Worcestershire 21 pts, Surrey 8 pts
Match scorecard

Worcestershire won promotion to Division One for the fifth time in 12 years as Jack Shantry inspired an unlikely 27-run win over Surrey.

Chasing 217 to win, Surrey, one of Worcester's main promotion rivals, were well set just before lunch on 106-1.

But after Vikram Solanki departed for 58, Surrey collapsed to 189 all out.

Shantry took 4-44 to earn the first 10-wicket haul of his career before the dramatic run-out of Surrey opener Zafar Ansari, last man out for 64.

Shantry rewrites the record books
Jack Shantry is the first player in cricket history to come in at number nine, score a century and also take 10 wickets in a match
Shantry is only the third Worcestershire player to achieve the feat of a century and 10 wickets in a match. The last was Imran Khan, who took 13-99 and hit 111 not out against Lancashire at New Road in 1976. The first to do it for the county was fast bowler Ted Arnold over 100 years ago.
Shantry's match haul of 10-131 and his 100 not out on Thursday were both career-bests. He had never performed either feat before

It completed a marvellous 24 hours for Shantry, the Shropshire lad having hit his maiden century just a day earlier to give Worcestershire a chance of winning this match.

Moeen Ali, who spilled a return catch from Ansari on 63, with 38 still needed, weighed in with 3-63 on a wearing final-day wicket in what, given England's commitments next year, might prove his last game at New Road for some time.

Ansari, whose defiance at The Oval in June had also cost Worcestershire a likely victory, had batted for four hours and 44 minutes as wickets fell at the other end. But eventually, after driving to mid-on, he was run out by a direct hit from Alexei Kervezee.

It was Worcestershire's eighth win in 15 Championship games - of which they have won three in six matches without their star turn Saeed Ajmal.

Ex-county cricketer Adam Shantry on Twitter
"Not ashamed to say that I could not be prouder of my brother @JackShantry. What a win, and what a season for @WorcsCCC. Congratulations."

The Pakistan spinner inspired the rise of Steve Rhodes' side to the top of the table when he took 63 wickets in nine matches.

Since his departure in mid-July, and his subsequent suspension by the International Cricket Council for a suspect action, Worcestershire have wobbled, losing their previous two matches.

And, at lunch on the final day, it looked as if the Division Two promotion race would go right to the final week of the season for Worcestershire.

But, after Charlie Morris bowled Solanki, Shantry inspired one of cricket's great turnarounds.

They made sure of Division One cricket next summer - serving up a fitting tribute to the memory of former Academy director Damian D'Oliveira, to whom the players dedicated their triumph.

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"I've gone through so many emotions over these few days really. I've never been as nervous in all my life.

"When we lost Alan Richardson in the winter, everyone said 'you are not going to do anything, you've lost your best bowler' and Moeen has not been here for a lot of year. But these boys have worked their nuts off all season and there have been some special performances from all of them.

"For the lads to pull this off has been special. But there is one bloke who we should really pay tribute to for this promotion and that's Damian D'Oliveira. It was so very sad in the middle of the season. The boys took it quite bad, so we are dedicating this promotion to Damian."

Worcestershire chief executive David Leatherdale told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"It's quite special, especially the way we've turned this game round over the last 24 hours.

"It will be harder in the top flight, but it will be lovely to have some of the bigger teams like Warwickshire coming to New Road again.

"All the lads deserve a huge amount of credit for the work they've put in this summer. They've now got a week before our next game and I'm sure they'll want to celebrate."

Surrey captain Gary Wilson told BBC London 94.9:

"Credit to Worcestershire. They put in a big performance, but I think it was our game to lose, to be perfectly honest.

"We didn't bat as well as we could have, by a long way, apart from Zafar and Vik, and that's very difficult to take. To be only two down for 120, you'd expect to go on and finish the game off.

"Zafar's been brilliant all year and again he showed what a class performer he is but, unfortunately for us, no-one could hang on with him."

BBC London 94.9's Mark Church:

"Surrey will wonder in the cold light of day how they managed to end up losing this game from 122-2 at lunch and seemingly in control of their run chase.

"Jack Shantry's golden game continued as he took four wickets after the interval and all credit to Worcestershire, who secured promotion.

"For Surrey, their faint hopes of promotion have now disappeared and they will concentrate on trying to finish the season in a positive manner against Derbyshire, starting on Monday."