Cricket Victoria has received the news that Graeme Paterson, a Richmond pace bowling legend, passed away in Queensland last Friday aged 79.
Paterson was an honest fast-medium bowler for the Tigers, unlucky to have been overlooked for higher honours. Paterson's 505 wickets in 190 matches stood as a Tigers' record until Allan Wise surpassed him, but his 73 wickets at 11.69 in 1965-66 remains a club record, with only Fred Freer (88 in 1943-33), Lisle Nagel (86 in 1939-40) and Bert Ironmonger (79 in 1919-20) having taken more wickets in a season. Paterson's tally of 73 included his career-best figures of 9/33 against Hawthorn-East Melbourne in the opening match of the season - he caught the other batsman off Wilson's bowling.
Paterson was Club Champion six times and was a member of the Tigers' 1976-77 premiership team.
Cricket Victoria extends condolences to the Paterson family and the Richmond Cricket Club.