Steve Patterson hasn’t hidden from the fact that 2017 was largely one he would rather forget. However, he has revealed that it still managed to provide one of his career highlights.
Patterson, the 34-year-old seamer, only played 25 matches across all formats for Yorkshire last year, with his most regular cricket coming in the T20 Blast courtesy of 12 appearances.
He played nine times in the Championship, taking 23 wickets and scoring 165 runs down the order.
But just when his county needed something special, he was there to answer the SOS call.
In the penultimate week of the season, at home against relegated Warwickshire, the White Rose were in real trouble at 96-7 chasing 175. Had they lost, relegation would have been very much on the cards.
Thankfully, with significant help from Matthew Fisher, he guided the hosts home in nail-biting fashion with 44 not out. Yorkshire won by two wickets and avoided the drop as a result.
It was part of a hugely encouraging final three games of the campaign for Beverley-born Patterson, who also struck 12 times with the ball.
He is now hoping it can provide a springboard for 2018.
“Last year was frustrating,” he said.
“I didn’t play the amount of cricket I wanted to play in the Championship, and it was a bit disjointed at the times when I did.
“But one thing I was pleased about was the end to the season.