In-keeping with the proud traditions of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, fast bowler Olly Hannon-Dalby and bastman Dom Sibley were awarded their County Caps shortly after the close of play in the Specsavers County Championship match with Yorkshire, to recognise their roles as established players in the in the First Team ranks.
546 players in Warwickshire’s 137-year history have a First Class fixture, yet a much smaller number have been awarded the county cap, which is represented by a white Bear & Ragged Staff; only five members of the current squad held the accolade before today’s presentation.
Hannon-Dalby (30) is part of the Bears teams that won the T20 Blast in 2014, the Royal London One-Day Cup in 2016 and Division Two of the Specsavers County Championship last season, and is the first Warwickshire bowler to be capped since Boyd Rankin in 2013, boasting 125 First Class, 58 List A and 71 T20 wickets for the club to date.
This year Hannon-Dalby has led the Bears seam attack in the Specsavers County Championship by taking 44 wickets at an average on 24.59, with two five-wicket hauls.
Sibley (24) has gone on to amass 2,413 First Class runs for the Bears, including nine centuries since joining from Surrey in mid-2017.
Having been selected as part of England’s Test tour of New Zealand earlier this week, Sibley has stood out as the leading batsman in the Specsavers County Championship this season and became the first English batsman to reach the grand batting milestone of one thousand First Class runs.
He finishes the Championship season with 1,324 runs, with five centuries.
Congratulations to both capped Bears.