We’re proud to announce the launch of Keeping Up, at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday 21 July 2019.

The launch will take place in the Udal Suite of the Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie stand, both prior to and during Hampshire’s t20 Blast match against Kent. Gates open at 1:00pm, with a members-only event taking place from 1:30pm. Then join the authors at any point throughout the Hants v Kent game for a chat and your chance to buy the book, at a special, book launch day price of just £9.99.

At the event we’ll be discussing Michael’s sparkling career at Hampshire, during which he helped his childhood club win three limited overs trophies between 2010 and 2014. Remember ‘that’ moment at Lord’s, at the end of the CB40 final in 2012? We’ll be discussing that, and other highlights from a career which earned Bates a reputation for being one of the finest keepers in the country.

You can buy your copy of Keeping Up at the launch, and get it signed by the authors!

For more information on the book launch, please get in touch by commenting below, or tweet @tomhuelin1.

Listen to Batesy talking to BBC Radio Solent’s Kevan James about Keeping Up.

Batesy keeping up to the stumps in the CB40 competition, 2012.


Keeping Up is the story of Michael Bates – an ex-professional cricketer who was first-team wicketkeeper at Hampshire between 2010 and 2014. The book examines Bates’ career, during which his excellent glove work quickly earned him a reputation for being one of the finest wicketkeepers in county cricket.

Bates, who progressed through the Hampshire and England academy programmes, and who made his county debut aged just 19, helped Hampshire win three trophies during his short but successful playing career. His final ball stumping in the CB40 final at Lord’s in 2012 an example of his pure keeping talent, a moment that is still talked about and replayed on television today.

Despite Bates’ clear ability with the gloves, he was replaced as Hampshire’s first-team keeper in 2013 by Adam Wheater – an anonymous letter, received at Bates’ home address, eerily predicting Wheater’s arrival a few weeks before it was even announced by Hampshire.

In Keeping Up, published by KDP in association with Into Words, Bates recalls how he progressed through the Hampshire and England age groups, reliving his short but successful playing career. Bates then delivers a wicketkeeping masterclass, revealing some of the technical and tactical skills he relied on to get to the top of his profession. Huelin and Bates, with key contributions from Adam Gilchrist, Jos Buttler, Joe Root and Dimi Mascarenhas, and other cricketers who knew Bates best, then discuss the changing role of the wicketkeeper in the modern game, and how specialists like Bates are struggling to ‘keep up’ with their multi-dimensional equivalents.

‘Throughout the England age groups, Batesy was the benchmark in terms of, “that’s what the best wicketkeeper is doing.”‘

Jos Buttler


    Please tell us what you think of Keeping Up in the comments field below. And you can join the conversation by tweeting @tomhuelin1 and @Batesy10_16, using the hashtag #KeepingUp.


    Trevor . R. Stacey.
    October 12, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Just finished Keeping up, Great read and well worth the penny’s. As a former wicketkeeper myself I can identify with Micheal and the dilemma of batting coupled with the concentration of glove work. Having seen M at the Ageas
    and at Taunton i was impressed very much and will never
    understand how his talent was discarded so easily.
    Somerset missed out on a brilliant gloveman. So glad that he
    found a vocation in coaching. 12.10.19.

      Tom Huelin
      October 15, 2019 at 11:19 am

      Glad you liked the book, Trevor. It is such a shame that his skill behind the stumps has been lost to the game, although he’s doing really well in a coaching capacity so at least his ability hasn’t been lost from the game altogether.

      Thanks for your comment – would you mind if we re-shared it on other social media platforms?


    Trevor . R. Stacey.
    October 22, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Tom. It will be ok to share with others on social media
    Platforms. Must admit could not put the book down until
    finished every night.

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