Dom ready to go Down-Under

Dom Bess is counting the days until he sets off on the biggest cricketing adventure of his young career when he heads out to Australia with the England Lions.

The 20 year old announced himself onto the cricketing stage in some style at the end of 2016 and in 2017 he produced further impressive performances and picked up another 36  wickets with his off spin. He also scored his maiden first-class half century.

Next week the youngster, who hails from Sidmouth and grew up playing through the Devon age groups before joining the Somerset Academy, will be spending time at ECB Loughborough Academy with the rest of the England Lions squad, before flying out to Australia later this month as he explained: “Along with Jack Leach I’ll be going up to Loughborough for a week,” he said. “I’ll be able to catch up with the rest of the Lions squad there so it’s all pretty exciting.

“We actually fly out on November 14th so it’s all coming round pretty quickly. Over the last few days I’ve been trying to get myself back to full fitness again, opening up the bowling arm and having a hit, so it’s all going to be very exciting.

“First up we go to Brisbane for two weeks, which is where we land on November 15th, then two weeks after that we go onto Perth. In Brisbane the focus is on red ball cricket and then in Perth we are focusing more on the white ball. We’ve got a four-day game against Queensland and then we’ve got three T20 games against Perth Scorchers.

“It’s all happened so quickly for me. Last winter I was looking to go out to Australia to play for a club side to have another good five months, enjoy it, learn as much as I can and then come back for a full season with Somerset. Now 12 months on I’m going back out to Australia but in different circumstances! It’s a great feeling to be going out there with the Lions and of course it’s great that I’ll have Leachy with me for company.

Dom’s fellow Devonian Craig Overton is already out in Australia with the full England side preparing for the upcoming Ashes series about which he said: “It’s great to have Craig out there in the full England set up, pushing for a place in the first Test Match side. It’s so good to see someone who has worked as hard as he has get his call up. It’s a real reward and shows that if you work hard and do as much as you can, then you can get right to the top.”

Dom also talked about the number of young Devon cricketers who have made it into the Somerset side. “In recent years Devon has proved to be a really good training ground for first-class cricketers which is testament to the youth system that is in place,” he said. “We’ve got Craig and Jamie Overton, Lewis Gregory and myself who have come through the Devon ranks playing for Somerset and there are a lot coming though like Ben Green, and Tom Lammonby in the Under 19s and there are lots more talented young players. This is all very good for Devon cricket and in turn for Somerset as well.”

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