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One of the most attractive sights to behold in South African white-ball cricket is to admire the death bowling skills of Dane Paterson. In the Mzansi Super League (MSL) match between the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and the Paarl Rocks, he captured 2-26 and removed Rudi Second and Sisanda Migala with his main weapon, the Yorker.

The Giants had 140 for three after fifteen overs, and lost six wickets while adding only 28 runs in the final five overs. Paterson and David Wiese were the terminators.

Paterson, a stalwart of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, took 2-10 in his final two overs and hardly made a mistake as he consistently landed those Yorkers that made him one of the best exponents of that toe-crushing delivery in international white-ball cricket.

In that 15th match of the Mzansi Super League, Paterson denied the Giants probably 15 runs and the score was competitive rather than highly challenging.

For the record: the Giants beat the Paarl Rocks by 48 runs, a bonus point-win.

Vernon Philander contributed an attractive cameo of 18 in a dramatic chase to eclipse the 230 struck by the Jozi Stars on Friday 30th November. Philander represented the luckless Durban Heat, who assembled a valiant 177 but lost too many wickets up front when Kagiso Rabada’s triple strike had the Durban team in deep trouble on four for three.

Janneman Malan shared in an 83-run opening stand for the Cape Town Blitz with the centurion Quinton de Kock on Saturday 1st December. He contributed an attractive and composed 34 as the Blitz compiled 172 for nine against the Tshwane Spartans. Malan is the leading run-scorer of the Blitz with 236 runs at an average of 39.33.

Rory Kleinveldt took 1-29 in four overs for the Spartans against the Blitz. His wicket was the prized scalp of De Kock. The Big Show, as Kleinveldt is known, also took two sharp catches at slip off the spinners Sean Williams and Jeevan Mendis.

Vernon Philander produced a quick-fire 30 off 16 balls for the Durban Heat against the Paarl Rocks, who won by nine wickets with five balls to spare at Eurolux Boland Park on Sunday 2nd December.

Dane Paterson “put his name back in the national hat” with his performance in the quadrangular series which also involved India ‘A’, India ‘B’ and Australia ‘A’, said Russel Domingo, coach of the South Africa ‘A’ team.

“Dwayne Pretorius was the most consistent bowler, but Dane was the most threatening,” Domingo, former Proteas coach, said.

“He bowled really well and got the new ball to swing. In the first match (in which Paterson took 2-33) he got the ball to nip and in the second he swung it and got good shape on the ball. Paterson captured 5-19, a match-winning performance.

To cap it all off, he struck 12 of 14 balls to help secure the four-wicket win.

“I would say in terms of World Cup selection of the final 15 players, there is still a lot of cricket to be played and it is difficult to say, but Dane put himself back into the reckoning,” Domingo said.

Paterson was at the summit of the bowling averages with 7 wickets and an economy-rate of 2.97 and an average of 15.

 

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.

The worst soccer player in the Buildnat Cape Cobras team, but one of the most underrated limited overs bowlers in South Africa, is how Dane Piedt, skipper of the Cobras, light-heartedly describes his team-mate and fellow Manchester United supporter, Dane Paterson.

Paterson is on course to represent South Africa in the opening match of the T20 series against Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday.

“He is a match winner,” says Piedt, a South African off-spinner and current Cobras’ captain. “He is the type of bowler who can capture 4-16 in a match to clinch it for you,” he said about the Buildnat Cape Cobras spearhead.

“Patto possesses a blue print for every spell. Dane is consistent, has the skills and adapts accordingly. He can bowl a consistent yorker, can swing it in the right conditions and can produce a very slippery bouncer,” he adds.

Vincent Barnes, CSA manager at the high performance centre, says Paterson is a very underrated bowler. He can operate in a Cobras attack with stars like Vernon Philander, Wayne Parnell and Rory Kleinveldt and doesn’t always receive the accolades and credit he deserves.

“Two seasons ago, he bowled with Hardus Viljoen, Marchant de Lange and Chris Morris for South Africa A against England A. The others are all world-class performers. But in that match, Dane was the most skilful of them all.
“He can bowl you cutters, yorkers, slower balls, whatever the situation demands in the shorter format. He deserves the call-up,” he added.

Paul Adams, the Western Cape High Performance Manager, said he worked with Paterson while he was the coach of the academy and saw him as a top performer who also represented Western Province.

When he came back from Natal, he performed for the Buildnat Cape Cobras occasionally, but really found his mojo in the 2014/2015-season when he captured 42 domestic wickets and also featured with 13 Ram Slam T20 Challenge scalps, including a match-winning 4-33 in the final.

“This season, he has performed very well in the power plays. On at least four occasions, he captured a wicket in the first over in the CSA T20 Challenge to put the Buildnat Cape Cobras on top,” Adams, who was instrumental in the resurrection of Paterson’s career, said.

Barnes said Paterson can easily bowl between 135 and 140 km/h but he is not a strike bowler in the 145 km/h or faster bracket.

It is rather the skills set and consistency that sets him apart.

Adams said Paterson has been unlucky on occasions as there has been international interest in his limited overs abilities but he hasn’t been able to take up the offers. One such occasion was when he was called up to the Jamaican Tallawahs, but could not represent them because he was on South Africa A duty.

A superb collective effort with the ball which caused a dramatic Warriors collapse from 237 for five to 260, was one of the highlights of the Buildnat Cape Cobras’ performance in a rain-curtailed Sunfoil Series clash at Buffalo Park in East London during the weekend.

Dane Piedt, the Buildnat Cape Cobras’ skipper, refused in typical humble fashion to take full credit for the collapse, which saw the hosts lose their final five wickets for the addition of only 23 runs in 7.4 overs of Cobras’ induced venom.

He captured 4-64 in 15.4 overs, while the recently selected South African T20 International bowler, Dane Paterson, accounted for 3-60.

“I actually just bowled consistently in the same area, and the frustrated batsmen, who were restricted by the accurate seam bowling, attempted aggressive shots against me and lost their wickets.

“Enormous credit must go to our bowling attack.

“I think going forward our support cast is so important. Usually Paterson and Rory Kleinveldt or Wayne Parnell bowl very well up front. But our support bowling need to keep the run-rate down in order to exert pressure which will bring wickets.

“And the support bowling by Jason Smith and Tshepo Moreki has been splendid,” he added.

The match between the Warriors and the Buildnat Cape Cobras finished in a stale draw after the Cobras had reached 71 for three in their second innings, an overall lead of 102 runs.

But the whole third day was abandoned due to rain which ruined the match as a spectacle from a purely cricket point of view (the farmers and the citizens of East London would no doubt have been delighted about the rain).

Piedt pointed to the inability of the Buildnat Cape Cobras to convert useful scores into substantial centuries, as the one shortcoming in the first innings. Six batsmen scored between 29 and 85 and a realistic case could be made that at least two of those useful contributors should have reached three figures.

“Yes, if we converted those scores, we could have easily slammed 350 to 400. We should have done that,” he added.

“You know what you are going to get out of Andrew Puttick. He will give it his whole-hearted commitment.”

Piedt saluted Aviwe Mgijima, who has been a consistent performer for the Buildnat Cape Cobras this season. “You have to understand that he is batting at number seven with the so-called batting tail and it is not easy to get to three figures. You have to shepherd the tail and it is not without its challenges,” he said.

From a national point of view, the return to some form by Piedt should be applauded. It might have only been four wickets in the first innings, but when the off-spinner gets some of his wizardry back and bowls an attacking line just outside off-stump, he can cause havoc, like he did last season with 39 wickets, and in 2013/2014, when he removed 45 batsmen in the four-day domestic showpiece.