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Icing on the Cake: Patterson Dreams of BBL Glory

24 January 2022

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Kurtis Patterson has gone from strength to strength since his move West, and the chance to add BBL|11 champion to his cricketing resume would be the “icing on the cake” for not only his season, but his career.

While he has a BBL title under his belt from his time at the Thunder, the 28-year-old said he felt his impact so far this season has been greater, and that playing a role in a winning Big Bash League side would cap off an enjoyable year.

Patterson is having a career-best season in the tournament, scoring 429 runs at an average of 30.64 while opening the batting for the Scorchers, but his time in orange hadn’t always been as fruitful.

Patterson signed with Perth ahead of BBL|09, with a set plan in mind for the future. He said the lure of playing at Optus Stadium, where he has fond memories, was too good to pass up on.

“I played one game of cricket there beforehand, and it was a Shield game and managed to score a hundred,” he said.

“It felt like it was a beautiful place to bat once you’re in so I was keen for that.”

However, it was the opportunity to cement a spot in the Scorchers line-up that appealed most to Patterson.

“I thought there was an opportunity for a left handed, top order batter,” he said.

“There was an opportunity over in Perth to try and play some cricket, develop and get better.

“When the three year deal was offered, I was pretty excited and keen to get over there.”

Patterson was aware it would not be an easy path. He said the conversations with the club indicated chances would be hard to come by first up, but with the right training and attitude, his opportunity would come.

In BBL|11, the spot at the top of the order was open, and the left-hander made the most of it. His numbers across the board in T20 cricket have increased. His strike rate this season so far is at 140.19, which is competitive with some of the biggest hitters in the competition.

He said it was his ability to focus more on white-ball cricket in the past couple of seasons that caused a shift in how he goes about his batting.

“I’ve been able to have a little bit of self development, mainly around the mindset and having conversations about how to approach a T20 innings and how to take on a little more risk,” he said.

“I haven’t worried about keeping my spot, or what I need to do to be first choice opener.

“I’ve just tried to go out there each game and show my skills, try and get the team off to the best possible start that I can and let the rest take care of itself.”

Patterson was quick to credit his teammates as well, saying a star-studded top seven made it easier to play a free-flowing style of cricket. He says playing for a club with as much experience as the Scorchers is a fun environment to be a part of.

“I think the anxiety in the changeroom is probably as low as I’ve ever experienced in a professional cricket team,” he said.

“We’re having fun and we’re enjoying ourselves, not taking ourselves too seriously,

“I think that that's really what you need, especially for this form of the game.”

The Scorchers have overcome several obstacles in BBL|11, none more so than playing away from home for the majority of the season. Patterson says the team recognised how important the tournament is, and were happy to make the sacrifice to play for the chance at BBL glory.

But Patterson says no matter how far the team goes, he knows the team will have given it their all.

“Regardless of what happens in our final game, I certainly don't feel like we'll define ourselves by that,” he said.

“But to be able to win it after all the sacrifices that all the players, coaching staff, the WA Cricket staff, and the fans, would be a really nice way to finish a hectic, but enjoyable couple of months.”

Perth are straight through to this Friday’s BBL|11 Final after winning the Qualifier Final against the Sydney Sixers on Saturday.