Proteas seamer Dane Paterson returns to Nottinghamshire as overseas player

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South African seamer Dane Paterson
South African seamer Dane Paterson

English county side Nottinghamshire confirmed that Proteas seamer Dane Paterson would return to the club as an overseas player next season. 

Patterson, who has played two Tests, four ODIs and eight T20s for the Proteas, enjoyed a fine debut campaign at Trent Bridge in 2021, picking up 54 wickets as his side achieved a third-place finish in the County Championship.

Paterson, whose Kolpak contract with the club fell through last year, continued with the white-ball, which saw him claim 16 additional dismissals across the two competitions.

The fast bowler also came to the fore with the bat, sealing a dramatic 50-over win against Northamptonshire Steelbacks with a six with two balls and one wicket remaining. 

Head coach Peter Moores praised the contribution of the 32-year-old's character and his performances on the field.

"We couldn't get Dane over from South Africa in what should have been his first year with us in 2020 due to Covid, so it was great to finally get him through the gates of Trent Bridge prior to the start of last season," Moores told the club's website.

"He settled in and looked completely at home with us very quickly and, after easing him back into bowling at full tilt following a long lay off due to injury and the pandemic, he quickly became an excellent addition to our seam attack.  

"They all took to him very quickly. It's a credit to him that he bought into the club's culture and understood what it meant to play for Notts.

"He sacrificed a lot in being with us in 2021, actually, leaving his partner and young son behind because they weren't able to travel. 

"He'll get some quality time with them, knowing that we all can't wait to get him back over here come the Spring."

Paterson is currently in South Africa with the Eastern Province as Cricket South Africa's (CSA) domestic season is under way.

The Easter Province Storm did not advance through to the playoffs of the T20 Knock Out competition and now prepare for the CSA Division 2 Provincial 4-Day series starting on 29 October.

Paterson is delighted to return to Trent Bridge, stating that a combination of feeling welcome at the club and his ambitions within the game were at the heart of his decision. 

"It is an honour to represent Nottinghamshire, and to have the opportunity to return for 2022 is really exciting," said Paterson.

"I was keen to make my mark after Mick (Newell) and Pete (Moores) showed their faith in me, and I was happy with the way I was able to contribute to the success of the team in my first year.  

"I have always enjoyed my red-ball cricket in particular, and the challenge of putting your body through the rigours of a county season was something I relished and will be ready for again," he continued.

"Most of all, I'm grateful for the chance to spend another season in and around a great bunch of people at Trent Bridge.

"The way they accepted me at the club is something I won't forget, and I can't wait to get back together with them again to have a red hot crack at some silverware in 2022."

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