Full name Michael David Bates
Born October 10, 1990, Frimley
Current age 27 years 350 days
Major teams England Under-19s, Hampshire, Hampshire 2nd XI, Somerset, Somerset 2nd XI, Wiltshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|First-class debut||Oxford MCCU v Hampshire at Oxford, Apr 15-17, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Somerset v Worcestershire at Taunton, Aug 21-24, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||Kent v Hampshire at Canterbury, Jul 25, 2010 scorecard|
|Last List A||Somerset v Worcestershire at Taunton, Jul 31, 2015 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Hampshire v Sussex at Southampton, Jul 18, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Hampshire v Somerset at Southampton, Jul 23, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0c/0s, 46||Wiltshire||v Bedfordshire||Dunstable||8 May 2016||Other OD|
|0, 0c/2s||Wiltshire||v Herts||Warminster||1 May 2016||Other OD|
|1c/0s||Somerset||v Worcs||Taunton||21 Aug 2015||FC|
|9, 3c/0s||Smrst 2nd XI||v Hants 2nd XI||Taunton||17 Aug 2015||Other|
|-||Smrst 2nd XI||v Glouc 2nd XI||Bristol||10 Aug 2015||Other OD|
|1c/0s, 120, 2c/0s||Smrst 2nd XI||v Essex 2nd XI||Taunton||5 Aug 2015||Other|
|27||Smrst 2nd XI||v Essex 2nd XI||Taunton||4 Aug 2015||Other OD|
|18*, 1c/0s||Somerset||v Worcs||Taunton||31 Jul 2015||LA|
|1*, 0c/0s||Somerset||v Durham||Taunton||29 Jul 2015||LA|
|1c/0s, 0*||Somerset||v Derbyshire||Taunton||26 Jul 2015||LA|
Michael Bates was a classy wicketkeeper with few peers during his career in the English game but a player whose opportunities were limited by the growing preference for keepers with strong batting ability. He earned wide recognition for his excellent glovework with a last-ball stumping to win Hampshire the 2012 Cyldesdale Bank 40. While most judges drooled over Bates's keeping - his 3.5 average catches per match in 2010 was a Hampshire record for a season - doubts were raised about his run-scoring ability and his biggest challenge was in front of the stumps.
That shortcoming led to his release by Hampshire at the end of the 2014 season, much to the disenchantment of purists, who were briefly uplifted to see him win further opportunities with Somerset in 2015 when runs remained just as scarce.
A local boy who graduated through the Hampshire academy, he was given the chance to cement a first team place with Hampshire when Nic Pothas retired at the end of the 2011 season and James Foster, Essex's former-England keeper-batsman, rejected an approach to change counties.
He played a full 2012 season but a wet summer hindered his chances to impress with the bat. A Championship average of just 19.86 saw Hampshire sign Adam Wheater from Essex and Bates began 2013 as next-best once again but towards the end of the campaign Wheater and Bates were picked in the same side and Bates made 71 against Northamptonshire to send a reminder to the management that his batting ability could not be entirely discounted.