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A Future Cricket Star…

Did you know that Bates has a rising star in it’s midst?

Jacki, our Finance Director, has a 14 year old son who has recently been chosen to play for the Kent County Cricket Summer Squad 2015.

We felt it only right that we share this exciting news with you, and if you don’t already know Ed, here’s some questions he answered for us:

So Ed, when did you start playing cricket? When I was 8.

Why did you start playing cricket? Because all my family plays and my PE teacher said I was quite talented so I went to training and got chosen for the team that week. It was very exciting.

Where did you start playing? I have always played for Lordswood Cricket Club, but my first cricket experience was at school.

What’s your favourite position on the team? I prefer batting but I really like wicket keeping and some matches I also bowl.

Who is your favourite cricketer? Chris Gayle, he plays for the West Indies.

What has been your highest ever score? My highest score was 109 runs last season.

And how proud is your mum of you? Don’t even go there!

Anything else you want to tell us about? In 2014 I won batsman of the season for the Medway League Under 13’s and Under 16’s, and also Bowler of the Season for the under 13’s.

Quite a talented lad then! Thank you for your time Ed. Good luck with the upcoming season and let us know how you get on.

A Close Call…

So…it was a great day, the sun was beating down, the drink was flowing, and here in a nutshell is what happened on the fateful day Bates decided to take on the youngsters…

Bates needed 11 runs to win on the last over but didn’t quite make it but it was actually a close game.

Batting stars were Dave Taylor who retired on 30 runs, as did Daniel Edmonds. Other Bates boys who batted well were Ed Taylor, Frank Gogerty and Owen Moore.

Owen dropped three easy catches (groan).

Frank dropped one!

Adam tried to impersonate Kevin Pieterson’s batting technique after 7 pints and fell over on the wicket.

Joe bowled Frank out.

Lordswood had a ’ringer’ in the form of Kevin Masters (ex professional cricketer) who whacked a few sixes around and got some wickets.

Nigel got a GOLDEN DUCK but bowled well.

Michael also bowled well and umpired the second innings.

Alan Millar was a great wicket keeper and has lots of bruises to prove it.

Mark Garside decided to impersonate a roller and rolled over and over on the wicket to flatten it (he is quite large).

Spencer stood around looking pretty.

Ross was official photographer.


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goldduckAnd I will leave the final comment to Nigel, who said: “I did not sleep on Sunday night at the thought of letting the team down with that GOLDEN DUCK (it was the best ball of the game). I do thank everyone for not going on about it (NOT). Anyway thanks for the day all and I will be in winter training ready for next year’s match….if asked.”

At A Loose End On Sunday?

Then why not come along to the Bates Office cricket match?

Time: 1.30pm

Venue: Lordswood Sports & Social Club, North Dane way, Lordswood, Chatham, Kent, ME5 8YE

A Bates team are playing a young Lordswood side consisting of mainly under 15’s. In fact, the average age of the Lordswood side is 13, the average age of the Bates side is 40. Breathing apparatus will be provided for the Bates team!

The Bates team consist of: Michael Edmonds (captain), Spencer Osborne, Daniel Edmonds, Ross Evans, Frank Gogerty, Nigel Bateson, Mark Garside, John Folkhard, Adam Martin, Alan Millar  (wicket keeper) and David Taylor

Many of the Bates players have not played cricket for years and are slightly nervous. Although when asked how they felt about the match, a level of confidence shone through:

“My team are born winners and whatever happens on the day, they will always be my heroes.” – Michael

“Form is temporary, class is permanent.” – Ross

“I’m the Kevin Pietersen type player for Bates Office i.e. the star player that isn’t liked that much by my team mates who is just turning up to improve my batting & bowling averages.” – Adam

“Firstly I am delighted to have been asked to take part in what I think will be a great day – having the mentality to be a winner + I hate losing at anything I take part in, I will be the most competitive 18 stone 45 year old on the field. After having been first at the bar to fill up on the special fuel of courage I will take to the field to teach these young boys how to play cricket, it should be push over as I only finished playing in 1984 – surely you don’t forget how to play do you!!” – Mark

Stayed tuned to the Bates Office blog to see how they got on.


It’s All About The Cricket…


Bates Office are proud to be sponsoring David Masters this summer, and thrilled that Masters has been awarded a benefit year this year.

The 34-year-old has been the main stay of the Essex bowling attack since joining from Kent in 2008. The 2011 season witnessed a master class from Masters as he led the way with wickets domestically taking 93 victims.

Masters said: “The 2013 season is going to be an exciting year as being rewarded a benefit year is a privilege and huge accolade for any county cricketer.

“I would like to thank the club and the members for all the support I’ve received over the years and for awarding me with this benefit year.”

Essex Cricket chief executive, David East said: “David has been a great servant to the club since his arrival from Kent in 2008. He has produced performances at the highest calibre for the county and deserves the distinction of a benefit year for the 2013 season.

“I’m sure I can say on behalf of all the members and staff of Essex Cricket that it has been great watching David, especially his inspirational performances in the 2011 season where he was awarded with two end-of-season club honours. We wish him the very best for his important year ahead.” (excerpt taken from the Ipswich Star)

Look out for the Bates logo on his wristband and bat in one of the many televised matches.

You can also keep up with Masters by following him on Twitter or Facebook