Dane Paterson, arguably the Cape Cobras’ finest strike-bowler when international stalwarts like Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn and Wayne Parnell are not plying their trade domestically, nipped out 7-27 in 13.4 overs to help set up a South Africa ‘A’ win by 251 runs against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on the weekend.
The Cape Cobras’ captain, Dane Piedt, took 3-36 for South Africa ‘A’ as the hosts, who had to score 371 runs for an improbable victory, were dismissed for a paltry 119 in the second innings.
Heino Kuhn managed an unbeaten 200 in the first innings, while Heinrich Klaasen scored 103.
Aiden Markram, the SA ‘A’ skipper, who scored an undefeated 102 in the second innings before declaring the innings closed on 185 for one, sang Paterson’s praises from the Rose Bowl.
“Dane hit the right areas consistently and forced the batsmen to play at most of the deliveries. And they could not figure out whether he was nipping it away from them or into their middle-stump.
“I think it would be fair to say that there was a bit of swing and nip of the seam on offer for him, and he utilized it beautifully.
“He is a wholehearted performer who gives 110% every time he bowls,” said Markram.
Those remarks echoed the sentiments of Paul Adams and Justin Ontong, former coach and skipper of the Cape Cobras, during the Sunfoil Series campaign of 2014/2015 in which Paterson finished with 42 scalps. He was the leading wicket-taker in the domestic four-day showpiece that season.
Ontong and Adams said at the time that Paterson was a brave-hearted performer who would give everything for his team and would bowl more overs than most. Because of that 42-wicket haul, he broke into the SA ‘A’ team, but did not enjoy the best of outings on a foreign Indian pitch where most newcomers struggle to adapt in the infancy stage of their careers.
Domestically, he took 4-33 in the final of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge to set up a comprehensive win in the final against the Knights at PPC Newlands in December 2014.
Subsequently, he dominated the awards evening of the Western Province Cricket Association and was named Cape Cobras Player of the Season.
Paterson was slightly off the boil last season, taking 23 wickets at an average of 29.04 with a best performance of 5-79 in the Sunfoil Series.
He made his T20 International debut for South Africa and was also a member of the South African One Day International squad in New Zealand, but upon his return to the Momentum One Day Cup campaign, the Cape Cobras star struggled to emulate his heroic feats of 2014/2015.
Yet this performance at the Rose Bowl in which he ripped through the top and middle-order and restricted the hosts to a lowly 185, would go a long way in restoring Paterson’s self-confidence.
At his best, the 28-year old right-handed seam bowler is a sight to behold. Aggressive and bowling fairly straight with a good Yorker and an excellent bouncer, Paterson has taken 368 wickets in 80 first-class matches.