Steve Patterson has revealed that a desire to play in a Lord’s final is fuelling his ambition to play more limited-overs cricket for Yorkshire this summer.
The 30-year-old fast bowler has been largely limited to LV= County Championship appearances in recent times, with the White Rose hierarchy seeing him as a linchpin of their red-ball attack.
He has only played seven List A and six Twenty20 matches – all his Twenty20 appearances were at the Champions League in South Africa in 2012 – during Jason Gillespie’s two seasons in charge.
Patterson explained: “The feedback I’ve been given for the last couple of years is that Championship cricket’s a priority and they’ve seen me as a mainstay of that side. They’ve tried to protect me for that.”
But now, with a change in the scheduling for the 2014 season, it seems like the workload on the fast bowlers will ease somewhat, with the one-day Royal London Cup not starting until July 26 when the NatWest T20 Blast is all but finished.
Hull-born seamer Patterson said: “I certainly want to play more. I want to play all three forms as often as I can.
“I didn’t get much opportunity last year for one reason or another, which was out of my hands. But the 50-over competition is in a bit of a block towards the end of the summer and maybe it’s something we can focus more on.
“From the scheduling point of view, we shouldn’t have to worry about Championship cricket quite as much, so maybe I’ll get a bit more opportunity.
“I want to play in a Lord’s final because I’ve never done it. That’s something I want to push towards.
“I think when I have played, my one-day performances have been as good as anybody’s.”
Patterson is currently with Yorkshire on their pre-season tour of Sri Lanka. They finished a two-day intra-squad friendly today, with Gary Ballance and Rich Pyrah captaining the two teams.
Patterson scored an unbeaten 50 and opener Adam Lyth hit 111 in a Ballance XI score of 293-9 declared on day one at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The wickets were shared around.
The Pyrah XI today replied with 228-2. Openers Dan Hodgson hit 90 and Jack Leaning 50 before Adil Rashid hit an unbeaten 68. Patterson took one wicket.
Yorkshire play four Twenty20 matches against a Sri Lanka Cricket Board XI on Saturday and Sunday.