Wednesday 1 May 2013 

Fractured Arm Fails to Distract OHD During Taunton Innings

 

Warwickshire can confirm that Oliver Hannon-Dalby batted for the vast majority of his 78-minute unbeaten innings against Somerset in Taunton with a broken arm.

The 23-year-old Fast Bowler suffered an undisplaced fracture of the ulna after being hit on the forearm by Alfonso Thomas in the first over of his 51-run unbeaten final wicket partnership with Rikki Clarke, which helped the Bears secure a thrilling draw in Taunton.

“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,” said Oliver.

“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. 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.

“It’s ironic that when Phys first came out to the middle I said that ‘there’s no way it could be broken’, but that’s exactly what had happened. Luckily it’s not a complete break through and the scan suggests that I could be bowling again in around three weeks.”

Dougie Brown, Warwickshire Director of Cricket, 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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