Foxes forced to find new professional
Elworth Cricket Club has been forced to find a new professional after “unforeseen circumstances” led to South African Dane Paterson being released from his contract with the club.
Paterson has agreed to join Elworth next season but doubt was cast after he was selected to play for his national side.
In December 2018, Paterson was added to South Africa’s Test squad for the series against Pakistan, but did not play. In December 2019, he was named in South Africa’s Test squad for its series against England, making his Test debut for South Africa against England on 16th January.
Paterson, (30), previously had 12 international caps to his name, four in one-dayers and eight in T20 matches.
When he was touting for overseas experience last year he described himself as “a right-arm paceman, who can deliver lusty blows down the batting order, and has featured in 100 first-class games for Western Province and Cape Cobras. He has scooped 13 international wickets, with best bowling figures of 4-32 in a T20 international against England in Cardiff in 2017. He dismissed Jos Buttler, Sam Billings, Liam Livingstone and David Willey. Prior to that, England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan was his first international wicket.
Paterson was to replace Yasir Ali, whose time at Elworth came to an end after 10 seasons.
The club has already signed a replacement and will welcome Lizaad Williams as club professional for the 2020 season.
Williams is a 26-year-old fast bowling all-rounder, also from South Africa. Having played for Boland at junior U19 level, he was selected for the South Africa U19 squad that contested the 2012 U19 World Cup in Australia.
His main discipline is seam bowling, right arm fast with “genuine pace” clocking in consistently around 85mph, having claimed 270 wickets in all formats for Boland and Cape Cobras. He is a capable left-handed batsman, including a recent 83 not out against Warriors in January 2020.
He is currently vice-captain of Cape Cobras, having deputised for the regular team captain on a number of occasions. This will be his first visit to play club cricket in the UK.