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Patterson more determined than ever

— 16 March 2017

Steve Patterson wants Yorkshire to get back to the ruthless way they approached their cricket in 2014 and 2015 as they look to regain the Specsavers County Championship title.

Metronomic seamer Patterson feels a touch of complacency may have crept into their play last year as Middlesex pipped them to the crown following a dramatic end to the campaign at Lord’s.

But now, he has sensed a “renewed level of focus” within the White Rose squad as they also look to better two limited overs semi-final finishes.

“In one-day cricket, we made some positive strides. We found a level of consistency which will hopefully help us in the future,” he said.

“In Championship cricket, we were below par for what we’re capable of. So to be able to get to that last game and still be in with a chance, we were quite pleased in one sense.

“But, in fairness, we didn’t deserve to take it home at the end.

“It makes us more determined to get back to winning ways.

“Possibly there was an underlying expectation having won the Championship the previous two years that, with a very similar side, at some point in the year we’d come good and push on to win it.

“It just doesn’t happen like that, and you have to respect the game a bit more and perform more consistently. It was a bit of an eye-opener.

“I think there’s a renewed level of focus from the lads.

“If we want to win it again, we’ve got to go back to what we did the years before when we were committed and focused and performed week in, week out.”

Patterson has travelled to Dubai early as part of a small group of bowlers who want to ensure they are best prepared to make the most of the club’s near fortnight long pre-season tour, which officially starts on Monday.

It is a trip which sees them miss both the champion county fixture against the MCC and the Emirates Airline T20 event, something Patterson says may help the squad be fresher as the summer reaches a crescendo.

  • This year also sees Patterson share a testimonial with the retiring Ryan Sidebottom, who will hang up his boots at the age of 39.

    “Ryan’s undoubtedly one of the best bowlers in the country,” said Patterson.

    “With the new ball, even in his late thirties, there’s nobody else who compares to him.

    “We aren’t going to be able to replace him like for like when he goes.

    “It’s certainly going to be a challenge, but we have one more year of him and we’ll be pushing very hard to make it a success.”

    And, of his testimonial, Patterson added: “It doesn’t seem that long ago I was thinking ‘will I ever play first-team cricket for Yorkshire, am I good enough?’”

    “To do that, become capped and win trophies as a regular first-team player is special.

    “I’m doing a couple of events in Hull, which I’m excited about because no beneficiary has ever done anything over there.

    “It’s exciting to be able to do something back where I learnt how to play cricket.

    “Then, on top of the Lord’s long room dinner that most lads do, it looks like I’m going to have one at the Houses of Parliament.

    “It won’t be heavily cricket themed, but for a lad from Hull, who has come through and played a bit, to have a dinner at the Houses of Parliament, is pretty special and something I can reflect upon in years to come.”