OLLY Hannon-Dalby believes Warwickshire CCC are capable of challenging for silverware in the coming years, after penning a two-year contract extension at the club.
The Halifax native, 31, has become a mainstay of the Bears’ squad ever since making the move from Yorkshire in 2013 and has impressed with his fast bowling, growing his reputation considerably in with 69 wickets in 17 games in both the County Championship and Bob Willis Trophy.
During his time at Edgbaston Stadium, Hannon-Dalby has scooped a Vitality Blast title and the Royal London One-Day Cup in 2014 and 2016 respectively, but believes more success lies in store for Warwickshire.
“I would have bitten anyone’s hand off when I joined the club in 2013 if they were to say that I would be here for at least ten years,” he said, in reference to his new contract expiry date of 2023.
“It’s a very special club to be part of and I can’t thank the members, players, coaches and staff enough for making me feel so welcome here – it made it very easy for Birmingham to quickly become my home.
“We tasted some great success in my early years with the club and we’ve got a very exciting crop of players coming through who can push us towards more trophies in the near future, I’m very excited to know that I will be part of that.”
For the club’s Director of Cricket, Paul Farbrace, the decision to reward Hannon-Dalby with a new deal was very much a straightforward one.
“He has quickly built a reputation as one of the best red ball bowlers on the county circuit and he has become a leader who always spends time supporting our younger fast bowlers.
“It’s also a measure of him as a man that he spends a huge amount of time giving to the club off the field, whether that’s through coaching, our community work, acting as the PCA representative and even co-hosting the Bears PodBlast on BBC WM.”