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Dom back home and back in the action

Dom Bess was back at the Cooper Associates County Ground earlier this week after enjoying a hugely successful trip to the West Indies with England Lions, after which he impressed for MCC in the season’s curtain raiser against champion county Essex in Barbados.

Dom, who is still only 20 years old, hit his maiden century in that match against Essex, which he then followed up by taking six for 51. He didn’t have much time to put his feet up though as he was selected for the current four-day friendly against Ireland.

“It’s always nice to be back in Taunton to catch up with everyone,” he said. “Even if it is a bit cold after the West Indies! It’s also good to have had my first hit outside on the grass in England, which was a bit different to batting at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.

“It was lovely to have been able to go out to the West Indies with the Lions and to spend the first part of the trip with Jack Leach. I was out there for two months and in the end I think I was the only one who did the whole trip, which was good for me as I got the chance to play in front of the selectors and showcase my skills, so it’s been a very successful winter for me.

“I had to wait quite a while for my first four-dayer for the England Lions in the third ‘Test’, which was good for me because all the hard work that I had put in started to come off for me.”

Talking about his bowling he said: “The ball felt nice out of my hand when I was bowling and fielding and then in the last game I got a century which was really nice for me before coming back here.”

Now that he has scored a century, does Dom think this will change the way that he is categorized as a cricketer?

“I’d like to be known as an all rounder, that’s how I want people to think of me looking forwards. This Somerset squad is very strong, and being able to offer something with both bat and ball will help me to force my way into the side. I see myself very much as a three dimensional cricketer pushing that way. It was nice to get that century and hopefully that will just be the start of many more to come for me.

“I also want to put my case forward now to play one-day cricket and it was great to have the opportunity in the West Indies to be able to showcase what I’m capable of with the white ball, with my batting and my fielding as well.”

Looking ahead Dom said: “I’m now looking forward to a massive season and it’s nice to come back into the environment here where there is a lot of energy and positivity floating around, which is always good.”

Dom added: “Seeing youngsters like Tom Banton and Fin Trenouth coming up from the Academy along with myself, Ben Green and Ollie Sale, who also came through the system here, is always good. We know each other and each others games very well. It should be a very exciting summer for us all.”

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