Club captain Steve Patterson may be in the latter stages of a career which has yielded two County Championship titles and more than 450 first-class wickets. But he remains a vital part of Yorkshire’s drive for four-day silverware.
Patterson, 38, has given up playing T20s – his last appearance in that format came in 2019.
He is a seamer who expertly controls run-rate, picking up wickets for himself because of that and also, therefore, creating chances for others.
In 2021, he produced two key winning moments which will be long remembered at Headingley.
In dismissing Wayne Parnell against Northants, he secured a dramatic one-run win. In dismissing Ben Brown against Sussex, he claimed another winning wicket as the hosts took six for 35 after tea on day four to snatch victory from a game that was heading for a draw.
A Championship winner in 2014 and 2015, he was appointed Yorkshire’s captain midway through 2018 before handing over T20 responsibilities to David Willey ahead of the 2020 Vitality Blast.
In 172 first-class matches since debuting in 2005, he has claimed five wickets or more on eight occasions, including a best of 6-40 in the second innings of a memorable win over defending champions Essex at Chelmsford in 2018 when Yorkshire recovered from being bowled out for 50 in the first innings.
Patterson, a keen golfer and property developer, bowled England limited overs specialist Tom Banton to claim his 400th first-class wicket during a resounding Championship win over Somerset at Headingley in 2019.
His best seasons wickets wise came in 2012 and 2013 when he claimed 53 and 51 first-class wickets respectively.
Earlier in his career, Patterson was not always a first-team regular.
He also found himself out of the team at stages during 2017. But one of his finest hours came that summer with bat in hand.
An extremely useful lower order contributor, he helped secure a vital September win over Warwickshire at Headingley.
With Yorkshire needing a win to stave off the threat of Championship relegation and chasing 175, they had slipped to 96-7 when he and Matthew Fisher shared an eighth-wicket partnership of 78 to all but seal the points which saved their skins. Patterson finished with a composed 44 not out.
2022 will be his 18th year in professional cricket.