There doesn’t seem to be a happy medium at the present time with regards to spin bowlers. On the one hand are Muralitharan and Saqlain who head the 1999 first class averages by a mile, whereast the two top English off spinners, Tufnell and Such come 61st and 100th in the table.

Bates from Stamford, joined the Trent bridge staff in 1991, when the principal off spinner was Eddie Hemmings. Although Bates only played frequently in four-day cricket in 1996, for three seasons, 1996, 1997 and 1998, he was a regular member of the Sunday League side, his best record being in 1996 when he took 17 wickets at 26.58 runs each.

Pitches were rarely suited to traditional off spin and this meant that Notts were reluctant to include an off spinner in their side, preferring slow left arm.

Though Bates played with some success for the Seconds therefore his opportunities of top class cricket were very restricted.