A late starter in county cricket, the 6ft 7in swing bowler made up for lost time after his debut for Notts at the end of the 2002 season.

Shreck got a trial at Trent Bridge that year after an old team-mate of then Academy Director Chris Tolley saw Shreck's pace and swing in action first hand during a club game. He took his chance in the one-day match against Worcestershire with 5-35, earning a short-term contract

In 2003 that was quickly extended after more impressive performances. Shreck had claimed 31 wickets from only eight first-class matches in 2004 when he suffered a stress fracture in his back that required an operation and ruled him out of the entire 2005 season.

He returned in style in 2006 with 61 wickets at 24.78, finishing ninth in the first-class averages and twice claimed 10 wickets in a match, as well as a hat-trick against Middlesex at Lord's.

His selection as the Notts Player of the Year in 2006 and 2008 underlined the regard in which he was held at Trent Bridge but his form dipped in 2009, largely due to succession of injuries, as he returned 21 wickets at an average of 61. He was released by Nottinghamshire toward the end of the 2011 season to allow him to sign a two-year deal with Kent.

At the end of the 2013 season, and despite being Kent's leading wicket taker in the County Championship, Shreck was told that he would not be offered a new contract. He subsequently joined Leicestershire for the 2014 season. Following an injury, Shreck retired from first class cricket in July 2017.

 

May 2020