Dom looking forward to West Indies trip

Dom Bess has had a remarkable start to his first class cricketing career and after bursting onto the scene in 2016 the young off spinning all-rounder from Sidmouth has risen through the ranks in mercurial fashion.

During 2017 the 20 year old, who played through the Devon age groups before graduating from the Somerset Academy, played in nine Specsavers County Championship matches taking 36 wickets at an average of 23.42, which included a career best of seven for 117 against Hampshire. He also scored his maiden half century in the Championship.

Dom gained recognition for his summer exploits when he was selected for the England Lions training camp in Australia this autumn, where he enjoyed success, especially playing in two T20 matches against Perth Scorchers.

Reflecting on his time in Australia with the Lions he said: “It was great for me being out in Australia at the same time as the England Test side, especially as I was  with Jack Leach. Being around them and bowling at them in that environment was a great experience for me. To be out there and catch up with Craig Overton and see him doing so well was a real motivation to me. It made realize even more that that is where I want to go with my cricket. I was also very pleased that the T20 stuff went well for me. I enjoyed playing in the T20 games at Perth.”

Dom will continue his involvement with the England Lions in the new year because he has been included in the squad to go to the West Indies to play in the white ball games.

“It’s going to be a very interesting time for me out there in the West Indies,” he said. “When I was out in Australia I played in all the T20 games and I loved it, I really did. I’m always going to back myself, so when I got that chance I thought it was massive and a real opportunity to really push my case forward for Somerset and also to show the England Lions coaches what I could do under pressure.”

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