STEVE PATTERSON says he is keen to carry on as Yorkshire’s captain, but admits there is every chance he will step away from leading their Vitality Blast side in 2020.

Patterson has been reflecting on the White Rose’s 2019 campaign after their final Specsavers County Championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston was ravaged by rain.

The first evening and then days two, three and four were all wiped out due to rain and a wet outfield, leaving Yorkshire fifth in Division One with five wins and five draws, four defeats and a total of 165 points.

The final day was abandoned just before 1pm due to the state of the outfield.

Had play started just after lunch, the likelihood was that both sides would have agreed on a contrived finish of a Warwickshire chase in the region of 300 in 65 to 70 overs. A Yorkshire win would have seen them pinch third place.

As it was, Patterson was left to reflect on a mixed season team wise and his own situation heading into next summer, which will be his second full campaign as skipper.

Thirty six next week, Patterson was an ever-present in the Championship team across 14 games and played six out of eight times in the Royal London one-day Cup. However, he only played one of 14 games in the Blast, with Tom Kohler-Cadmore leading the side.

“I have enjoyed it, and unless I hear differently I plan to do it going into next summer,” he said of the captaincy.

“At times it’s a challenge. When things go well, it’s easy. The challenge is when it doesn’t go well and how you respond to that.

“It’s not a conversation we’ve had yet (T20 captaincy) and will be one for the winter.

“But we have to be realistic - myself and as a club.

“I’m not getting any younger. I’ll be 36 next week, and can I contribute in white ball cricket the way I did five or six years ago? The answer is probably no.

“Certainly from a T20 point of view, it might be a sensible move to step away.

“50-over cricket is slightly different.

“We may lose a lot of players to the 100-ball, we may not. We don’t know what the side’s going to look like.

“There may be some value in me playing that and continue to captain.

“Again, it’s something to discuss once the 100-ball draft has taken place and once we know what the squad looks like.

“I’m very realistic in terms of knowing what I’m capable of.

“I certainly don’t just want to be in the side as captain.

“If my performances don’t warrant a place in the side, I don’t really want to be out there on the field. I’d rather somebody else do it to give the team the best chance to win.”

Patterson, who comes into the last year of his current contract next year, continued: “We’re a bunch of young lads at times, and you have to have a lot of patience.

“We’ve had two disappointing weeks leading into this week, and you rack your brains saying, ‘Could I do anything different?’ Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say, ‘We weren’t good enough - they were better’.

“That happens in sport. We’ve done that to other teams this year.

“For me, it’s about helping these young lads develop so that they’ve got another year’s experience, a winter’s practice and preparation under their belts.

“Hopefully we can see some more consistency and more positive results to help us push harder at the top of the Championship table.”

Both Patterson and Bears captain Jeetan Patel were keen to set up a finish today, but once umpires Graham Lloyd and Russell Warren decided that play could not start until 3pm at the earliest playing on became a pointless exercise.