Club captain Steve Patterson extends contract with Yorkshire

The 37-year-old took 11 wickets in Yorkshire’s Bob Willis Trophy campaign, conceding his runs at an economy rate of just 1.84

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Yorkshire captain Steve Patterson has signed a two-year contract extension with the county, taking him through until at least the end of the 2022 season.

Patterson, who made his first-class for the club in 2005, will enter his 17th year as a professional cricketer in 2021.

The 37-year-old took 11 wickets in Yorkshire’s Bob Willis Trophy campaign, conceding his runs at an economy rate of just 1.84.

Patterson said: “To extend my contract and almost guarantee that I will finish my career at Yorkshire, effectively making me a one-club player, is something I’m really proud of.

“I think it’s a really exciting time for the club. I see my role a little bit differently to how it has been in the past, focusing more on helping and nurturing some of the young talent through so that when I do finish, I leave the club in a better place.”

In total, Patterson has taken 603 wickets for Yorkshire across all three formats, though he has since retired from T20 cricket to focus his attention on the red-ball and 50-over formats.

Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon added: “I’m delighted that we’ve agreed a new contract with Steve. He’s an outstanding performer for us in his own right.

“He’s incredibly consistent in his performances and he’s doing a tremendous job as captain. He’s proving to be an excellent leader and we are delighted that he’s going to continue to do that.

“He’s obviously now our most experienced bowler. He’s got huge respect within the dressing room and it’s great news that we’ve got him for at least another couple of years.”

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