Indifferent bowling against lower order a problem area, says Paterson

ndifferent bowling to nine, ten and Jack and perhaps a lack of clear vision on how to dismiss the tailenders contributed to the Buildnat Cape Cobras’ unconvincing bowling performances against the VKB Knights, said Dane Paterson.

The Knights beat the Cape Cobras by 175 runs in the previous round of Sunfoil Series matches in Bloemfontein.

Paterson (27) was a standout-performer for South Africa A in the quadrangular tournament in Australia during the South African off-season.

But the fast bowler admits he is not operating at the peak of his powers right now.

Asked to explain why he is not satisfied with his current form, he says the rhythm is lacking.

Paterson is a whole-hearted performer who gives 110 % every time he steps onto the park.

From the vantage point of the main pavilion of PPC Newlands, he gives one the impression that he is the enforcer in the pack, but Paterson says he doesn’t consider himself a strike bowler. “I’m the one who must take wickets, but must also keep the batsmen quiet,” he adds.

This Paterson has done during a successful first-class career. He has captured 252 wickets in 74 matches at an average of 22.94 and an extraordinary strike-rate of 42.7.

Asked about his trade, Paterson said he has worked in tandem with Vincent Barnes and Paul Adams to generate late swing through the air. “It is important not to get the swing too early, because then the batsmen will line you up,” he said.

Paterson said the Buildnat Cape Cobras might have erred by having a different game-plan for the lower order batsmen in the Sunfoil Series game against the VKB Knights. One of the ploys was to bowl Yorkers.

Perhaps they would have been better served by bowling to the lower order in a similar fashion than to the specialist batsmen, he added.

Paterson believes the wicket at PPC Newlands where the Buildnat Cape Cobras will meet the Warriors in a Sunfoil Series match from Thursday, could give the hosts’ attack opportunities to strike repeatedly.

A Paterson in full cry is a sight to behold. The brave-hearted warrior captured 42 wickets in the 2014/2015-season, but he admits that he needs to recapture his rhythm in order to force the national selectors to take notice of his prowess.