A dynamic wicketkeeper, Bates was an integral part of Hampshire's domestic t20-winning sides in 2010 and 2012.
Bates claimed his third winner's medal with the club in 2012 when he showed nerves of steel to stand up to Kabir Ali's match-winning dot ball in the Clydesdale Bank 40 final.
Initially frustrated by both a lack of runs and the presence of the ever-reliable Nic Pothas, the South African’s departure at the end of 2011 saw Bates become a mainstay in all forms of the game.
Razor-sharp reactions had already made Bates a regular in the game's shortest form, and he was again in the Royals side that reached t20 finals day in 2011.
A carefully compiled maiden century at Headingley Carnegie in 2012 showed that his batting talent may be catching his formidable glove skills.