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Yorkshire's five-man bowling attack thrills Steve Patterson
Steve Patterson has hailed Yorkshire’s five-man bowling attack as they continue to chase LV= County Championship glory.
The 29-year-old seamer, is the county’s leading wicket-taker with 38 from 13 matches, just one more than Ryan Sidebottom, who has played two matches fewer.
He is aiming for 50 wickets in a Championship season for the first time having taken 48 in last summer’s division two campaign.
The Beverley-born player and left-arm swing bowler Sidebottom have been well backed up by new signings Liam Plunkett and Jack Brooks, who have taken 31 and 26 wickets respectively, and leg-spinner Adil Rashid with 27.
“With the four seamers that we’ve got and Rashid, I think we cover all the bases. We’ve got swing, we’ve got seam, we’ve got consistency, we’ve got pace, and we’ve got leg-spin,” he said.
“When you’ve got that, it means that one day it can go for one of us and on another it will work out for someone else.
“It’s pleasing to see that we’re not relying too heavily on one individual, and we are all chipping in and helping each other. We are all desperate to see each other do well, and I think that’s the sign of a good team.
“I think you can honestly and truly say you want your team-mates to do as well as possible, then you’re all in it together. That’s the beauty of this team.
“I know when I bowl, the lads are right behind me. And I’m exactly the same when they are bowling. We’ve got a good team spirit going at the moment, and hopefully we can keep that going.”
Patterson, known for his reliability, is the only ever-present member of an attack which has seen players rotated in and out due to injury and rest, more so at the start of the season.
The quintet have played in each of the last five matches, although off-spinner Azeem Rafiq played as part of a six-man attack in the draw against Warwickshire at Headingley at the start of last month.
Patterson’s best return of the season, 5-43 from 11 overs, came in the recent second innings of the win over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
And asked whether this has been his best ever season personally, he added: “I guess it is, but it’s hard to judge.
“Last year there was a lot of pressure on the team to get up from division two. The standard there is probably not as strong as division one, but it’s still very hard work.
“To get a few wickets last year, and be a part of getting us up, was very pleasing. But there’s nothing better than playing division one cricket, trying to be there, somewhere near the top towards the end of the season.
“It’s been really pleasing. If we can all work hard for the next few weeks, you never know what will happen.”
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