County news January 17, 2011

Pattinson signs new Nottinghamshire contract

ESPNcricinfo staff

Darren Pattinson, the right-arm swing bowler who played one Test for England, has signed a new contract with Nottinghamshire that commits him to the club until the end of the 2012 season.

Pattinson has established himself at Trent Bridge since arriving as a relative unknown in 2008 following a personal recommendation from Australia batsman and Victoria teammate David Hussey.

"Darren has a good story to tell in that he didn't play first class cricket until he was 27 and he still managed to forge a career in county cricket and make a Test appearance for England," said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell.

"He has proved to be an excellent signing and he is a big part of our plans in all three competitions next season."

Pattinson took 31 wickets in Nottinghamshire's triumphant County Championship campaign last season and was the club's joint leading wicket-taker in the Friends Provident t20, with 17 victims.

Born in Grimsby, he emigrated to Australia aged six but regularly returned to England to play club cricket. He injured his ankle while on trial with Nottinghamshire in 2007 but bounced back to secure a contract in 2008 and took eight wickets on his Championship debut against Kent.