The Cobras were disappointing and below-par in their eight-wicket loss to the Sunfoil Dolphins at the Newlands cricket ground during the weekend.
The 25-year old fast bowler has captured 31 wickets at an average of 20.41 and a strike-rate of 41.
Asked to explain his continual excellence, Paterson pointed to the basic building blocks of success for most fast bowlers – line, length, building pressure and working hard.
He has also swung the ball both ways at pace and has nipped it away and back into the right-hander.
This season, Paterson’s claims to a regular place in the Cape Cobras line-up has been hard to ignore.
He was a standout-performer for the champions in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge, was a constant threat to batsmen in the Momentum One Day Cup competition and was a thorn in the flesh of most teams with his defiant batting at number ten, and his whole-hearted efforts with the ball.
“It would be magical if I can reach 50 wickets, but that will depend on the conditions for the remaining games. If there are flat surfaces, it would be very difficult to take five wickets in an innings.
“In Paarl two weeks ago, the surface was abrasive, but at Newlands in the next game, it wasn’t,” he added when asked whether he used reverse swing as a tactic.
The last time any bowler was able to nip out 50 batsmen in a season, was in 2006/2007.
In 2013/2014, Dane Piedt was the best bowler on view, taking 45 wickets, but this season, the major threats to the batsmen were the pace merchants.
Kagiso Rabada, who captured 14 for 105 against the Sunfoil Dolphins, are one of the best performers, but Paterson has also been superb.
He is still searching for recognition to become an automatic part of the Cobras first team. There are senior bowlers like Beuran Hendricks and Rory Kleinveldt who have both represented South Africa, and who has subsequently forced their way back into the team whenever they have recovered from injury.
Such has been the impact by Paterson, though, that he has shortened the queue in the Cobras line-up, and his name might be the first to penned in when the selectors name their starting line-up for the next home game, against the Chevrolet Warriors at Newlands starting on Thursday.