Preview: Rain and a wet outfield first delayed the third and final Twenty20 international between South Africa and Zimbabwe at Willowmoore Park on Sunday. And after the inspection, the outfield was not deemed fit for game to take place as the umpires decided to abandon the match.
The area was lashed by heavy rainstorms on Saturday and there was more rain on Sunday morning.
South Africa won the series 2-0 after they took the lead in the 2nd T20I of the three-match series. They won the last game by six wickets after restricting Zimbabwe to 132 for seven in their 20 overs. It followed a 3-0 one-day series win.
"Credit goes to the whole bowling unit. We kept it tight tonight," said Paterson, who took two top-order wickets for 22 runs.
South Africa's pace bowlers held sway, with Lungi Ngidi, Paterson and Robbie Frylinck each taking two wickets. Andile Phehlukwayo did not take a wicket but conceded only 15 runs in four overs.
Left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi was the only expensive bowler, taking one for 37, with his last over leaking 24 runs, including three sixes by top-scorer Sean Williams, but captain Faf du Plessis said Shamsi had bowled three "really good overs" before being targeted by Williams, who made 41 off 28 balls.
"It was one of our best games," said Du Plessis. "All the bowlers were really good tonight and our batters made it look pretty easy."