Patterson's taking his chance after missing out in Yorkshire's opening game (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Patterson's taking his chance after missing out in Yorkshire's opening game
Yorkshire’s LV= County Championship promotion campaign is treading water on the north Wales coast as day two of their match against Glamorgan was completely washed out.
The umpires abandoned play at 1.15pm, with areas of the outfield completed saturated.
The Tykes have now lost 959 overs during the 30 days of the Championship summer.
That’s exactly a third of the season which has disappeared beneath the covers as the Tykes are being frustrated in their fight to regain their top-flight status.
Jason Gillespie reinforces that his side can only ‘control the controllables’ but the perception that the sun shines when Yorkshire matches do not feature on the calendar and rival counties are consequently benefiting holds nearly as much water as sits on the Colwyn Bay ground.
Glamorgan will resume their first-innings tomorrow on 117-3 with the ever-present caveat – weather permitting.
One man enjoying the damp early-season conditions is newly-capped pace bowler Steve Patterson.
First-team coach Gillespie is full of praise for his performances and attitude this year, saying: “Patto just keeps on keeping on.
"He has certainly hit that line and length consistently this season,” said the Australian.
“We’ve challenged him a bit with his game to take it to the next level and up a notch. He’s doing all the right things.”
That includes 24 Championship wickets at 21.75, which represents the leading haul this campaign for the White Rose county, despite the man that earned his county cap after a seven-year apprenticeship not featuring in the season’s opener.
Patterson’s response to missing out on selection in April pleased Gillespie: “He was incredibly disappointed when he was left out.
“But what’s been most pleasing is how he’s reacted to that and he’s fully deserved his opportunity.
“And that’s all you can ask as a coach. Patto is an example to other guys in the squad - that when a guy gets an opportunity you grab it with both hands and demand selection.”
It is testament to the Beverley-born 28-year-old that Gillespie is now carefully managing his workload: “In Championship cricket, Patto’s the type of bowler that bowls a lot of overs.
"It’s a bit of management of him as he’s proving a pretty valuable member of our four-day side,” he explained.
“He had that week off when we played three CB40 games.
“He came back and bowled really well against Northamptonshire last week, so I think it was a good plan.”