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Unlucky break for Hannon-Dalby

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Warwickshire have confirmed Oliver Hannon-Dalby sustained a broken arm while batting to save the LV= County Championship game against Somerset at Taunton last week.

Number 11 Hannon-Dalby spent 21 overs at the crease in a final-wicket stand with Rikki Clarke to defy the hosts’ attempts to force a victory on the last day, but took a blow to the arm during his 78-minute innings to become Warwickshire’s third injury casualty of the game.

Captain Jim Troughton suffered a recurrence of a shoulder problem while Clarke pulled a hamstring during his rearguard knock, meaning all three players were unavailable for the game against Sussex starting today.

The trio join Keith Barker (side strain) and Ian Westwood (ankle) on Warwickshire's growing injury list.

Hannon-Dalby said: "The ball hit me flush on the arm and my first thought was to ensure that it didn’t look like I was hurt. You never want to show the bowler that.

"The adrenaline and treatment from the physio soon took over though as I was pretty determined to get through the remaining time left in the game."

He added: "I’ve not been in a situation like that before in a first-class match, but having an experienced player like Rikki with me was a great help and I’m thrilled that we were able to dig in and secure the draw."

"Luckily it’s not a complete break through and the scan suggests that I could be bowling again in around three weeks."

Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown said: "There was a great deal of publicity several years ago when Stuart Pearce carried on playing in Premier League match with a broken leg, and Olly’s innings in Taunton is right up there with that for an achievement.

"He’s a tough lad and a great character. Whilst it’s disappointing to lose him for the next three weeks, we’re grateful that it’s not for a longer period and we look forward to seeing him bowl again soon."

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