Dane’s dream comes true, but it’s not rugby ...

Pretoria News Weekend - - SPORT - ZAAHIER ADAMS

CAPE TOWN: Dane Pater­son had a child­hood dream: He wanted to play at New­lands.

There was only one prob­lem. Pater­son was re­fer­ring to the sta­dium on the other side of the rail­way line, where his old school­mate Ch­es­lin Kolbe was run­ning rings around the op­po­si­tion up un­til very re­cently.

Like with many other kids grow­ing up in Cape Town’s north­ern sub­urbs rugby is king. And the pas­sion for the oval ball only grew fur­ther at Brack­en­fell High where Pater­son was a tal­ented full­back armed with a big boot.

But yet some­how cricket al­ways got in the way. From the mo­ment Pater­son was se­lected for the West­ern Prov­ince Khaya Ma­jola Week U/19 team, it was pretty much a writ­ten script. He would get to play at New­lands, ev­ery week in fact for the Cape Co­bras, and go on to make his Proteas in­ter­na­tional de­but there, but it will al­ways be his sec­ond love.

“Yeah, I love my rugby. I al­ways have, al­ways will. I even con­sid­ered play­ing in the off-sea­son but there’s al­ways an Emerg­ing Tour, an SA ‘A’ tour or some­thing com­ing up. The risk of in­jury is quite high, so I think I’ve fi­nally made peace that it is not go­ing to hap­pen and I need to pack away my boots for good,” Pater­son says.

Pater­son’s change of heart will cer­tainly be com­fort­ing for the Bloem City Blaz­ers, par­tic­u­larly af­ter the Hong Kong-owned team re­cently forked out $135 000 (ap­prox­i­mately R1.8-mil­lion) to se­cure the pace bowler’s sig­na­ture at the in­au­gu­ral Global T20 League.

For a player that has shared a Co­bras dress­ing-room for years with In­dian Pre­mier League su­per­stars like Kieron Pol­lard, Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn and JP Du­miny with­out ever be­ing en­vi­ous of their riches, it is just re­ward.

Ini­tially Pater­son did not want to be­lieve that he had been picked up so early. Play­ing for South West­ern Dis­tricts in the Africa T20 Cup at Wil­low­moore Park while the draft was tak­ing place in Cape Town, the four-times capped Protea started hear­ing mur­murs from the side­lines.

“I was on the field while ev­ery­thing was go­ing on, so I didn’t fol­low it on­line or any­thing. It was only when Qaasim Adams (his long-time United Cricket Club and Co­bras team-mate) started scream­ing from the side­lines was I made aware of any­thing.

“I still didn’t take any no­tice be­cause I was try­ing to get through an over. But then Aviwe Mgjima and Ja­son Smith started shout­ing from the dress­ing-room too. I ac­tu­ally told them to stuff off as they were dis­tract­ing me. It was only af­ter the grounds­man told me at the com­ple­tion of the in­nings that I be­lieved what had hap­pened!”

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