In the period 1962-63 to 1978-79 an exceptionally fine right arm fast medium bowler named Graeme Paterson gave everything he possessed in skill and stamina over 190 games to the Richmond Cricket Club senior team.
No bowler in the history of this great and traditional District club has matched the impressive performances put up by Graeme. He bowled a back breaking 22,657 deliveries without complaint, taking a club record 505 wickets at an excellent average of 18.5, with 27 five wicket hauls including a game in which he took 10 scalps. His ability to move the ball at pace produced many catches that the great David Cowper behind the stumps accepted with relish.
Graeme won 1 Bowling Award and a record equalling 6 Club Championships during his highly successful career at Punt Road. He took 40 or more wickets in a season twice with the 1965-66 season his most productive. In that remarkable season he captured a club record 73 wickets at 11.69 including career-best innings figures in round one of 9/33 and as fate had it he caught the other batsman.
Graeme was handy with the bat and had a career high 83 scored in a 1965-66 game against St Kilda. He and Ron Milne formed a record partnership for Richmond of 177 for the 8th wicket in that particular game and the record still stands today. He made 1,817 senior team runs for the Tigers over his career.
Graeme’s captains at Richmond swore by him and he never let them down, he was a consistent wicket taker and with an economy rate of 2.47 runs per over was rarely collared. In 1977-78 his strong bowling over 28 overs and the resulting 4/72 he took helped the Tigers win the Flag the club craved for after 30 long years.
He was selected in the Richmond Team of the Century, awarded Life Membership in 1973, and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.