New Aussie pace ace James Pattinson will be the quickest bowler ever to operate at Welbeck Cricket Club’s Sookholme Road ground when Nottinghamshire host Leicestershire in the 50-over Royal London Cup on Sunday, May 7.
That’s the view of the green and golds’ director of cricket Mick Newell, who is relishing the club’s return to the north of the county for their annual outing at the John Fretwell Complex, Sookholme.
Pattinson – who has followed in his brother and former England seamer Darren’s footsteps by signing for Notts – has agreed a deal until the end of June, playing in County Championship as well as limited over fixtures during that time.
The 26-year-old Melbourne-born quickie has 70 Test wickets at 26.15 to date and Newell says the prospect of his appearance, injuries permitting, on a Welbeck wicket that offers plenty of pace and bounce is an exciting one.
“I would imagine James would be as fast as there’s been at Welbeck because he is capable of bowling over 90 miles per hour,” he said.
“He’s certainly the quickest bowler in our attack this year and I think it will be quite a sight for those who get to the Welbeck game to see him charging in.
“I think, had it not been for injuries, then he would have played a lot more for Australia than he has and he has an excellent record when he has played for them.”
Fans at the game may miss out on seeing England pacemen Stuart Broad and former Welbeck player Jake Ball, who have so far only been sanctioned to play domestically by the ECB until May 2.
But fellow seamer, ex-Leicestershire man Harry Gurney, is likely to play in his bid to push his own claims for international honours.
Newell added: “There’s a chance Jake could be selected for England and that would be a blow from a local point of view, but at the same time I’m sure they’d be delighted if he did get an international call-up!
“Every time Harry plays against Leicestershire, he wants to show them how good he has become.
“He was a very effective 20-20 bowler when he was with them, but he’s since bowled some terrific spells for us in 50-over cricket. He’s still got time to force his way back into England’s thoughts.”
•You can enjoy the comfort of Welbeck’s corporate hospitality facilities for £40 per person. It includes a three-course meal during the between-innings interval, along with free parking. A table booking equates to 10 places.
General admission is £10 (concessions £7, juniors £5), with car parking £5 per car. To book, call Welbeck on 01623 847468 and for more details, visit www.welbeckccc.co.uk