Rob Yates says ‘it’s a great honour and privilege’ to receive his county cap.

Known as the White Bear, the cap recognises the role of an established player within the First Team ranks.

564 players in Warwickshire’s 141-year history have played a First Class fixture, yet a much smaller number have been awarded the county cap

A tradition woven through Warwickshire’s history, the cap is the highest honour a Bear can receive with only six members of the current squad holding the accolade before the presentation, which was hosted by former Bears Captain Michael Powell.

“To have my mom there, for Powelly to give it to me, it was a beautiful moment and I’ll remember that for the rest of my life,” said Yates.

“I had no idea and Robbo just grabbed me by the shoulder and pulled me next to him. When I saw Powelly talking and my mom over my shoulder it felt real. It took me by surprise.

“I was 14/15 when I first met him in the age groups as a coach and he’s a great fella and someone I learnt from. He’s the right person to give it to me.

“I was emotional inside and had to keep it together. As a young boy, coming through the system at the age of 10, it was a very proud moment. I’m sure there will be a few sweat stains over the years and hopefully a few champagne ones too.

“It’s a great honour and privilege to get a cap at 23. Hopefully, I can live up to it and make the Bear proud.”

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