Hannon-Dalby agrees Edgbaston switch
LV= County Champions Warwickshire have bolstered their pace attack with the addition of Oliver Hannon-Dalby from Yorkshire.
The 23-year-old, one of the tallest bowlers on the domestic circuit at 6’ 8”, was recently given the opportunity to train with the Bears and has now agreed a deal for the 2013 season.
Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown expressed his delight at Hannon-Dalby’s arrival and believes it will provide the club with necessary strength in depth as they aim to build on a successful 2012.
“We first saw Oliver close-up at the start of the 2010 season when he took five wickets against us in an LV= County Championship match at Edgbaston,” said Brown.
“Whilst he’s struggled to consistently hold a place in the Yorkshire first XI, we recognise that his ability to swing the ball from such a great height adds something different to our pace attack. He's working well with (assistant coach) Graeme Welch and we hope he can continue to develop here in the same way that our current fast bowlers have.
“With (Chris) Woakes, (Chris) Wright, (Boyd) Rankin and (Rikki) Clarke all featuring in England's winter touring squads (Rankin ultimately missed England Lions’ trip to Australia through injury), it's essential that we're prepared for more call-ups in the summer, so Oliver is a great addition to the squad.”
Hannon-Dalby is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Wright and Keith Barker, two seamers who enjoyed breakthrough seasons under the tutelage of Welch last summer.
“With the support of the Warwickshire coaching team, Chris Wright and Keith Barker were two of the best bowlers on the county circuit in 2012 and I hope that by working hard in all areas that I can develop and enjoy similar levels of success to them,” he said.
“Warwickshire were outstanding in first-class and one-day cricket last season and, whilst I'm sad to be leaving my home county, I'm very excited about the new challenge ahead and joining up with my new team-mates.”
Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon revealed the reasons for Hannon-Dalby being allowed to train with Warwickshire.
“As opportunities for Oliver to play first XI cricket at Yorkshire this season are likely to be limited, and given the fact that he is entering the final year of his contract, it was agreed that we would allow him to explore potential options elsewhere,” he explained.
“With that in mind, he has spent the last few weeks training at Warwickshire and although I have some sadness that Oliver is leaving us, I am delighted that he is being given an opportunity to further his career.
“He has been a pleasure to work with and I would like to thank him for his contribution to the club. I wish him every success in the future.”