County Championship: Eight wickets in match for first time as Hannon-Dalby halts Tykes

Gary Ballance was the second victim for Oliver Hannon-Dalby in his second-innings haul of wickets
Gary Ballance was the second victim for Oliver Hannon-Dalby in his second-innings haul of wickets
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Clifton Park, York (day three):
Yorkshire 259: Patterson 60; Hannon-Dalby 5-76 & 178-7: Leaning 47*, Lyth 37, Hannon-Dalby 3-48
Warwickshire 254: Sibley 67, Yates 49, Ambrose 39; Patterson 3-33, Willey 3-71
Yorkshire (5 pts) lead Warwickshire (5 pts) by 183 runs
Match scorecard

Yorkshireman Oliver Hannon-Dalby claimed his first eight-wicket match haul against his native county as Warwickshire limited the hosts at York.

On a third successive day of classic old-style County Championship cricket, scoring remained at a slow pace.

After moving on from their overnight 193-5, Tim Ambrose made 39 as the Bears posted a score of 254 - five behind.

Hannon-Dalby took three wickets to have the Tykes in bother, only for Jack Leaning's unbeaten 47 to reach 178-7.

From 140-7, Leaning has so far put on 38 with his skipper Steve Patterson, who will resume on 9.

Yorkshire now lead by 183 with just three wickets in hand, but any more than 200 could take a bit of getting on the final day, in what promises to be a fascinating conclusion to a real contest to mark the return of county cricket to York after a 129-year absence.

Halifax-born Hannon-Dalby had never previously got more than seven wickets in a first-class match. But, following his first-innings 5-75, after taking the early wicket of Will Fraine and Gary Ballance, he then returned to have Jonny Tattersall caught behind.

And, on Hannon-Dalby's 30th birthday on Thursday, the Bears will be hoping that he can maybe take the two of the final three wickets early on in the morning to earn a first 10-wicket match haul and thereby set up the chance of a second Championship Division One win in three games.

He will have extra bowling duties following a hamstring injury for winter signing Liam Norwell, who left the field just before tea with a hamstring injury.

The Bears, who do not expect to get much use of England's Chris Woakes this summer. are already light in the fast bowling department after injuries to Olly Stone, Henry Brookes and Australian Ryan Sidebottom.

Yorkshire bowling coach Rich Pyrah:

"It's been a fascinating day. If we can make them chase over 200, I think it's going to be a really good game. It's been really hard-fought and enjoyable to watch.

It hasn't been a typical green seamer. It's just been a hard-working cricket pitch. Both teams have learnt the right length to bowl on this pitch, and it's a bit fuller than normal. If you get in those areas, it's tough to score.

"Steve Patterson said in the team chat this morning, 'It's old school cricket', which kind of suits his style of play, doesn't it? It's all set up. They're probably just ahead, but a lead of over 200 and it will be back in our favour."

Warwickshire captain Jeetan Patel told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"It's still very even. We may have a slight advantage right now, but it all depends on how we rock up. That afternoon session was who we are and what we want to be - the energy, excitement and effort.

"We go a bowler down and it's always hard, but the guys came together. What they did was very special. It's put us in a position where if we go bang, bang in the morning, there's an opportunity to chase 200.

"Liam Norwell' not great at the moment. He'll get assessed when we can get a scan in. He slipped as he ran into bowl. It's not all doom for him, but its doesn't look like he'll take much more part in the game."