Trio's commitment pleases Giles

16 April 2018 05:10:47 EST

Three fringe players have signed new contracts with Warwickshire to coincide with club captain Jeetan Patel extending his stay at Edgbaston.

Death overs specialist in limited-overs cricket Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Australian-raised seamer Ryan Sidebottom and all-rounder Alex Thomson have all been described as 'excellent characters' by Warwickshire sports director Ashley Giles.

Hannon-Dalby, 28, joined the Bears from Yorkshire ahead of the 2013 season and went on to play a pivotal role in the club's NatWest T20 Blast victory at Edgbaston in 2014 and the 2016 Royal London One-Day Cup final at Lord's.

Sidebottom, who previously played for Victoria, and ex-Staffordshire Minor Counties player Thomson both arrived during the 2017 season and broke into the first XI.

"All three of Olly, Ryan and Alex are excellent characters and have had to work exceptionally hard to get where they are in the county game," said Giles.

"Olly has been a regular in white ball cricket since he joined the club but we hope that he can push for a place across all three formats.

"We've also seen him develop as a mentor to our young players by spending time coaching the academy.

"Ryan and Alex have come through very different routes into the professional game, but they performed admirably in difficult circumstances for the team when they made their debuts in the Championship last year.

"We've been very impressed with their work over the winter months and the challenge for them is to now prove that they can play a prominent role for the team across all formats."

Warwickshire are 4/1 to win their County Championship Division Two match against Sussex, who are 7/4 to come out on top.

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