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Full name Michael David Bates
Born October 10, 1990, Frimley
Current age 24 years 71 days
Major teams England Under-19s, Hampshire, Hampshire 2nd XI
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||Hampshire v Essex at Southampton, Jun 15-17, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Kent v Hampshire at Canterbury, Jul 25, 2010 scorecard|
|Last List A||Hampshire v Yorkshire at Southampton, Aug 21, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Hampshire v Sussex at Southampton, Jul 18, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Hampshire v Middlesex at Southampton, Jul 11, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|19, 2c/0s||Hampshire||v Yorkshire||Southampton||21 Aug 2014||LA|
|1c/0s, 160, 0c/0s||Hants 2nd XI||v Essex 2nd XI||Southampton||19 Aug 2014||Other|
|13||Hants 2nd XI||v Essex 2nd XI||Southampton||18 Aug 2014||Other OD|
|0c/0s||Hampshire||v Sri Lanka A||Southampton||14 Aug 2014||LA|
|-||Hampshire||v Worcs||Southampton||11 Aug 2014||LA|
|0||Hampshire||v Northants||Southampton||8 Aug 2014||LA|
|8, 4c/0s, 59, 0c/1s||Hants 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Radlett||5 Aug 2014||Other|
|31, 1c/0s||Hants 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Radlett||4 Aug 2014||Other OD|
|5||Hants 2nd XI||v Kent 2nd XI||Canterbury||24 Jul 2014||Other OD|
|77, 3c/0s, 33, 1c/0s||Hants 2nd XI||v Kent 2nd XI||Canterbury||21 Jul 2014||Other|
Michael Bates is a highly-rated wicketkeeper who earned wide recognition for his excellent glovework with a last-ball stumping to win Hampshire the 2012 Cyldesdale Bank 40. While most judges drool over Bates's keeping - his 3.5 average catches per match in 2010 is a Hampshire record for a season - doubts have been raised about his run-scoring ability and his biggest challenge appears to be in front of the stumps.
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 of his ability.
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