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Dom discusses his "funny year"

2019 was an interesting year for Dom Bess.

The 22-year-old found himself representing two different counties during the season after spending some time on loan at Yorkshire.

“It’s been a bit of a funny year playing for Yorkshire as well as Somerset,” he said. “Being involved in a different club culture was a good experience and I think it’s got to be a good thing that I was able to go into a different environment and perform. Last year was a big year for me with the England call up but then I was playing Second XI cricket. We felt that it was important for me to be playing on the First Class stage so the loan move was good for everyone involved.”

Dom progressed through the Devon age group system and represented Devon with aplomb before graduating from the Somerset Academy. He went on to make his debut for the Club in 2016.

What was it like to be in a squad that has won a trophy?

“It’s been amazing,” he said. “We always say that the team comes first, and that side of things has been phenomenal. I played the first few games in the Royal London One-Day Cup and whilst it was frustrating to not be involved in the final, it was great to see Tom lift that trophy. Everyone has bought in to the team first ethos and if you’re not involved, you push yourself harder to get back into the side. There’s great competition for places and that win was phenomenal.”

Dom is convinced that the Club can build on that Royal London One-Day Cup success over the next few years.

“There’s a lot of youngsters in and around the Club and it’s the start of a new era,” he said. “With the structure of the game changing next year there will be more young players involved in the 50-over competition. That is going to be a great opportunity and challenge. It will be amazing for the young lads who get an opportunity and I know that the Somerset supporters will get right behind them.

“The Hundred will definitely benefit the lads who are involved in it, but I think that it’s going to be a great steppingstone for the youngsters who will be coming in to show what they can do in front of a big Somerset crowd. It’s a great platform for these guys to showcase their skills and I definitely think that we’ll be challenging on all three fronts again next year.”

Dom has also played a leading role in Somerset’s Community Engagement Programme in 2019, especially with regards to the Selworthy School Education Partnership and the Super 1s initiative.

“I think it’s really important to give something back,” he explained. “I’ve made a real effort to make myself available for the various events, especially those at Selworthy Special School. For me it’s a real eye-opener and it’s a key initiative. Seeing the kids getting involved in cricket and seeing them being so happy is the main thing. I’ve loved every minute of it.”

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