NAME: Steven Andrew Patterson DOB: October 3, 1983, Beverley ROLE: Right-arm seamer, Right-handed bat NICKNAME: Patto DID YOU KNOW?: Patterson is one of a number of keen golfers in Yorkshire’s squad
Steve Patterson, widely recognised as Yorkshire’s Mr Reliable, has been an integral part of the county’s success in recent years.
The metronomic seam bowler – also a more than useful lower order contributor with the bat – has been honoured with a benefit year in 2017.
A two-time County Championship winner, Patterson went beyond 300 first-class wickets in 2016 and has claimed five wickets in an innings six times.
Patterson readily accepts that he is there to do a lot of the leg work in a successful White Rose bowling attack; the man to build pressure and open the door for others.
But he has often claimed crucial scalps.
After debuting for the county in 2005 in a first-class friendly against Bangladesh A, Patterson has not always been a first-team regular.
Ahead of 2017, for example, he had only played 78 List A matches since debuting for the Yorkshire Cricket Board in 2003.
But he is now one of the first names on the team sheet in County Championship cricket.
He contributed 81 wickets to Yorkshire’s Championship double title success in 2014 and 2015, including 45 of them in the latter campaign.
In the opening match of that season, with Yorkshire suffering a personnel crisis through international calls or injury, he stepped up superbly and led them to an impressive win over Worcestershire at New Road with a second-innings haul of 5-11.
His career best 6-56 came in a draw against Durham at Emirates Durham midway through 2016.
Patterson’s best season wickets wise came in 2012 when he took 48 in the Championship, although this team man will no doubt view the titles as far more pleasing.
In 2003, Patterson played for the Yorkshire Cricket Board in the first two rounds of the C&G Trophy before debuting for the county side two summers later.
He also featured regularly the White Rose Academy and second XI teams through the summer as well as playing four first-team 45-over matches in September.
In 2007, Patterson took two wickets with the last two legitimate balls of the match to secure a nerve-jangling contrived one-run win over Loughborough UCCE at Headingley in May.
With more opportunities coming his way due to England call-ups for Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad in 2010, he claimed 45 first-class wickets.
In 2012, he expertly led Yorkshire’s attack as Championship promotion was achieved with 48 Championship wickets – twice as many as the more experienced Ryan Sidebottom.
Awarded his county cap in May, and he also had to rearrange his wedding to Beth to feature at the Champions League t20 in South Africa in October.
In 2013, Patterson excelled in the Championship again, proving just how important he is to Yorkshire’s pace attack, taking 46 wickets to set him up for his excellent form over the two title-winning years.
In 2016, he contributed another 39 wickets
During the past three years, Patterson has also become a more regular feature in Yorkshire’s limited overs teams, and he is closing in 150 wickets in one-day and T20 cricket combined.
NameSteven A Patterson
Born3rd October 1983
RoleRight Hand Bat//Right Hand Medium Fast Bowler
First ClassYorkshire v Bangldesh A, 3rd August 2005