The current Loughborough University Women’s Cricket Head Coach, and Assistant Coach at Lightning Cricket, will join the Nottingham-based side as Assistant Coach (Fielding Lead) and Performance Analyst.
The Hundred is a new professional franchise 100-ball cricket tournament involving eight men's and women's teams located in major cities across England and Wales.
Bateson has extensive experience in cricket having previously coached in the Kia Super League with Loughborough Lightning, as well as holding the positions of Performance Analyst and Support Coach at Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
On his appointment, Bateson said:
“I can’t wait to get started and I’m really excited to be working with some experienced coaches and players whilst developing myself as a coach.
“Perhaps more importantly, I’m looking forward to watching the team perform on the big stage in front of sell-out crowds in this new and revolutionary competition.
“It will be an amazing spectacle which sets a new benchmark for Women’s cricket and it is amazing to be a part of it.”
“One of the biggest challenges will be adapting to the new format. There will be some teams with some interesting approaches on how they use certain players in certain roles and the tactics used.
“I’m hoping my energy, enthusiasm and a deep understanding and knowledge of women’s cricket will help the Rockets have a great campaign.”
Lightning will be well represented in the competition with thirteen of its players signed to different franchises. Head Coach Rob Taylor will also play a pivotal role in the backroom team at Welsh Fire.
Ian Read, Regional Director of Women’s Cricket for the East Midlands at Loughborough University, added:
“It’s fantastic to have yet more Lightning and Loughborough representation in The Hundred with Jon’s move to Trent Rockets.
“Jon’s experience and knowledge of the game will no doubt benefit the side and we wish him and the team the very best.”
The Hundred takes place between 21 Jul 2021 – 21 Aug 2021 and features the teams; Welsh Fire, Trent Rockets, Manchester Originals, Northern Superchargers, Birmingham Phoenix, London Spirit, Oval Invincibles, and Southern Brave.