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Hampshire wicketkeeper Michael Bates signs new two-year deal with county

Michael Bates: Behind the stumps during the 2012 Clydesdale Bank 40 final

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Hampshire wicketkeeper Michael Bates has signed a two-year deal which will keep him at the Ageas Bowl until the end of the 2014 season.

The 22-year-old became first choice wicketkeeper at Hampshire in 2012, helping the Royals regain the Friends Life t20 and Clydesdale Bank 40 titles in the process.

His contract was set to expire at the close of the campaign but both parties have negotiated a deal which will keep Bates tied to the club for at least two more seasons.

Bates told the Hampshire website: "I am delighted to have been offered a further two years at Hampshire.

"It's a brilliant place to play cricket and I'm thoroughly looking forward to being part of an exciting future."

Hampshire manager Giles White added: "Michael has a great attitude and has made good progress over the last couple of years.

"Hopefully this provides the platform that allows him to continue this progress and achieve the all-round contributions that we think he is capable of."