New South Wales top-order batsman Kurtis Patterson believes the feeling within the Blues camp is very positive as the team pursues its third consecutive JLT Sheffield Shield win against South Australia at the SCG starting on Friday.
“Last game (heading) into the Big Bash, two wins in a row. We’ve really got some momentum now, which we probably haven’t had for 18 months,” Patterson said.
“It’s something we don’t often do, go over to Perth and win as a Blue Bagger, so that was really special.”
It was also the first win for the Blues in Western Australia for six years.
Patterson enters the fixture against South Australia in excellent form. During the 104-run win over Western Australia last round, he remained unbeaten on 107 from 221 deliveries.
His previous century in the Sheffield Shield came against Queensland at the Gabba in October 2016. Patterson said it was a relief to finally break the drought.
“Definitely a monkey off the back. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t.
“It was nice just to be able to go out there and actually put in a match-winning performance for my team. It’s probably something I’ve lacked, if I’m going to be honest.”
The 25-year-old said although he had not scored a First Class hundred for more than two years, he was not that nervous in the nineties.
“I was pretty good to be honest,” Patterson said.
“It was one of those lucky days when you’re kind of just in the zone the whole day.
“Little bit nervy with a few wickets falling at the other end, but big Harry Conway came out and stood tall and, we ended up posting a really good first innings total.”
Patterson became the maiden centurion in the inaugural First Class match at Perth Stadium.
Ahead of the Second Test of the four-match series against India to be held at Perth Stadium in mid-December, Patterson said the wicket showed good pace and bounce similar to the WACA Ground.
“I thought it was a good cricket wicket,” Patterson said.
“Probably not as consistent as the WACA normally is, so little bit cracked up, maybe a little bit up and down at times throughout the game.”
The Blues have named a 12-man squad for the match against South Australia including potential debutant Greg West.
Despite not having played a lot of cricket with the left-arm quick, Patterson said from speaking to a few players who have played alongside him for ACT/NSW Country in the Toyota Futures League, West had impressed a lot on some flat wickets.
“(From all reports, he) bowls with good pace, bowls a good bouncer and he’s a very good reverse swing bowler.
“Generally, they’re aspects that you come across at some stage playing at the SCG.”
West has taken 12 wickets from four matches for ACT/NSW Country in the Futures League this season.
“He’s earned his spot the old-fashioned way and we’re really looking forward to getting him into the team with us,” Patterson said.
NSW Blues squad
Peter NEVILL (Captain)
*12th man to be named at the toss