Nottinghamshire re-sign Dane Paterson

File image: Dane Paterson.

Fast bowler Dane Paterson will return to Nottinghamshire as an overseas player for the 2022 county cricket season.

Paterson claimed 54 wickets at an average of 17.98 during Nottinghamshire’s 2021 County Championship campaign.

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What Paterson said

“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 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.

“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.”

What Nottinghamshire head coach Peter Moore said

Paterson has been capped 16 times by the Proteas – and has been contracted by Eastern Province for South Africa’s 2021-22 domestic season.

“We couldn’t get Dane over from South Africa in what should have been his first year with us in 2020 due to the coronavirus restrictions, so it was great to finally get him through the gates of Trent Bridge prior to the start of last season,” said Moore.

“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.

“Dane is a player who relishes the battle, which is important, but I also love the way he threw himself into forming relationships with his team-mates and colleagues. 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. And, with how popular he is within the group, you feel like his motivation comes from wanting to do the hard yards for the people around him because he feels part of something special.

“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 during the course of the United Kingdom winter, knowing that we all can’t wait to get him back over here come spring in the UK.”

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