Yorkshire legend Steve Patterson announces retirement from first class cricket
Patterson has been a talismanic bowler for Yorkshire [PC: Twitter]
Steve Patterson, who made his List-A debut for Yorkshire as a 19 year old, has announced his retirement from first class cricket. The 38-year-old has been one of the mainstays of the White Rose's bowling attack since a long a time.
He has taken 489 first class wickets at an average of 27.57. Patterson was no mug with the bat as well, as he scored 2699 runs at an average of 15.16, with a highest score of 63 against Warwickshire back in 2016.
The medium pacer featured in 345 matches across formats for Yorkshire and also took over the club captain in 2017 and played a key role in Yorkshire's back-to-back County Championship titles in 2014 and 2015.
Patterson on his time with Yorkshire
Patterson said that the decision to retire from professional cricket was a very difficult one. he further added that it was his dream to to play for Yorkshire and to have done that for more than 20 years is nothing short of an honor.
"After being told I was no longer wanted by the club, I took the time to consider my next step. Although I was offered the opportunity to play Division One cricket elsewhere, I had to listen to my body and my heart. I simply don't feel I have the energy or the passion to play for any other club.
"I am going to commit my time to our family property business, and give more time to my wife and children."