Bears trio handed new deals

14 July 2017 03:14:30 EST

Warwickshire have tied down a trio of players to new deals as they seek to turn around their fortunes.

The Midlands club, bottom of Division One of the County Championship, have given one-year deals to one-day specialist seamer Oliver Hannon-Dalby and batsman Matthew Lamb.

Meanwhile, emerging fast bowler Grant Thornton, 24, has had his initial three-month contract extended until the end of the current season.

Ex-Yorkshire bowler Hannon-Dalby, 28, won the NatWest Twenty20 Blast in 2014 and the Royal London One-Day Cup in 2016 with the Bears.

Twenty-year-old academy graduate Lamb scored his maiden half-century in first-class cricket in the recent Championship game at home to Middlesex.

"Olly has made a significant contribution to the team's success in white-ball cricket over the last four years, whilst also providing valuable support in the Championship," said Ashley Giles, Warwickshire's sports director.

"He's a great character to have in the squad and we're thrilled to secure his immediate future at Edgbaston.

"Matt earned his recent call-up to our Championship team after a series of impressive performances in the second XI. His challenge now is to keep developing and to turn these innings into match-winning 100s.

"Grant has made an encouraging start to his career in the professional game, having worked his way up from the club game in the last 12 months. He has been unlucky with injury in the last few weeks but now has an opportunity to fight for a place in the team."

Meanwhile, Essex are 1/33 to win the County Championship Division One this summer, with Lancashire priced at 10/1 and Yorkshire 1212/1.

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