Michael Bates happy with his game
Michael Bates scored his first century for Somerset last week to help the Second XI to a convincing nine-wicket victory over Essex in the Championship at Taunton Vale.
Reflecting on his innings the 24 year old keeper/batsman who joined Somerset earlier this season said: “This is my first hundred since I came to the Club and it feels nice to get that under my belt. What was even better was that it contributed to a good win for the Seconds who are playing a brilliant brand of cricket at the moment.
“The side is also going well in the Second XI Trophy and just secured a home semi final against Durham, which is also good. Everything is going really well for me and I’m glad to get some runs. It was good pitch and when the bowlers bowled well they got a lot out of it so it made it difficult. I was able to stay level headed throughout the innings and rode the rough patches with the smooth and came out with a century which was brilliant for me and the team.
“I had a good partnership with George [Dockrell] who played excellently and really got on top of the spinners. That partnership really put us into a good position to win the game.
“Marcus [Trescothick] did a brilliant job up top and soaked up a lot of balls so when George and I came in at seven and eight the ball was old and the bowlers were fatigued. That made our job much easier and we got ourselves into a good position.”
Regarding his game overall Michael said: “I am keeping well and gloving very nicely. I have worked well with Paul Tweddle who I think is excellent. He has got a lot of new drills and fresh ideas on things which is good for me and I think my game all round is in a good place at the moment.”