Pat Brown ready for uni return after starring for Worcestershire in Blast win
The youngster finished as the tournament’s most prolific bowler with 31 wickets.
Worcestershire seamer Pat Brown is ready to push aside talk of England honours and lucrative Twenty20 deals across the globe to focus on completing a degree in business management.
The 20-year-old right-armer is two years through his studies at the University of Worcester but has spent the summer carving out a niche as one of county cricket’s trickiest white-ball bowlers.
He put the cap on a breakthrough season with a starring role in his side’s Vitality Blast Finals Day success, taking four wickets against Lancashire then turning in a masterful display against Sussex in the final.
Wow, such kind words from a legend of the game, can’t quite believe what’s happened over the last 24 hours. Thank you very much🙌🏼 https://t.co/Rke76A2mnt— Patrick Brown (@Patbrowny6) September 16, 2018
Brown’s four overs cost just 15 runs as his consistent changes in pace befuddled the opposition batsmen and marked him out for some special attention after celebrations died down.
Rapids captain Moeen Ali led the praise, declaring him “international standard” and “very close” to a winter call-up, with record-breaking Test star James Anderson equally effusive on commentary.
“It’s a surreal feeling. To hear that from them is unbelievable,” said Brown after helping Worcestershire land the trophy for the first time.
“Moeen is an unbelievable player, someone who has gone around the world playing T20, and Jimmy Anderson is the leading wicket-taker ever for a seam bowler.
“It’s really nice they are talking about higher honours but I’ll let them do that, I know how quickly that can change.
“University starts next week and I’ll have to show up to a couple of lectures. That brings me back to earth, getting up for lectures when the other lads are sleeping in.
“This has been a really good platform to get noticed in overseas leagues, and hopefully I have, but if not I’ll be back at Worcester Uni.”
Brown finished the Blast as the tournament’s most prolific bowler, his total of 31 wickets six ahead of the nearest challenger.
Lancashire and Sussex’s best repeatedly failed to read his deliveries but he was quick to puncture the idea that he has a huge arsenal at his disposal.
“I don’t actually have many. I have two – a knuckle ball and an off-cutter,” said Brown. “If there’s more than that I’m not meaning to!
“I just try to bowl them at the right times, when I think I need to change them up. That gut feel has worked well for me this year and I’ve bowled the right ball at the right time.”