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Dominic Bess
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Personal information
Full name Dominic Mark Bess
Born 22 July 1997 (1997-07-22) (age 23)
Exeter, Devon, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Spin bowler
Domestic team information
Years Team
2016–present Somerset (squad no. 22)
2018 Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)
First-class debut 3 July 2016 Somerset v Pakistanis
List A debut 6 March 2016 England Lions v West Indies A
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA T20
Matches 1 16 6 1
Runs scored 62 533 55 1
Batting average 31.00 25.38 13.75 1.00
100s/50s -/1 1/2 0/0 0/0
Top score 57 107 24* 1
Balls bowled 102 2,867 300 24
Wickets 0 63 8 1
Bowling average 0.00 22.49 37.37 31.00
5 wickets in innings 0 7 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 1 n/a n/a
Best bowling 0/59 7/117 3/61 1/31
Catches/stumpings -/- 12/– 3/– 0/–
Source: Cricinfo, 24 May 2018

Dominic Mark "Dom" Bess (born 22 July 1997) is an English cricketer who plays for England & Somerset County Cricket Club.

Domestic career

On 3 July 2016 Bess made his first-class debut for Somerset during Pakistan's tour of England. He failed to take a wicket (ending with match figures of 0-128) and scored a combined 25 runs. He made his T20 debut for Somerset in a their final game of the 2016 season against Hampshire on 29 July 2016 in which he took bowling figures of 1-31 and scored a solitary run.

Championship debut

Approaching the tail end of the 2016 County Championship, Bess was included in the team for the game against Warwickshire. He took career best figures of 6-28 from 16 overs with his first two championship wickets being Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell. He finished with match figures of 8-59 off 27 overs. Bess also featured heavily in Somerset's last game of the season against the already relegated Nottinghamshire as he took his second career five wicket haul with 1st innings figures of 5-43 from 22.5 overs including a spell of 5 consecutive maidens. Bess also scored 41 runs in Somerset's first innings and finished the match with bowling figures of 5-77 from 32.5 overs.

At the end of the 2016 season, Bess signed his first professional contract with Somerset agreeing a two-year deal; keeping him at the club until the end of the 2018 season.

In the 2017 Bess took 36 wickets in Division 1 of the county championship at an average of only 23.42.

International career

Having previously represented England at U-19 level, Bess was called up to the England Lions in the summer of 2017 against the touring South Africa A team. He was then also selected for the Lions squads to tour that winter to Australia and the West Indies. He took 5-88 on his England Lions debut, in Antigua.

In May 2018, he was named in England's Test squad, to play Pakistan at Lord's later the same month.

Early and personal life

From Sidmouth in Devon, Bess joined Somerset's academy when he was 16. He went to spent time at Darren Lehmann’s Adelaide academy in 2015. He has attributed his career as a spinner to the shorter run up required, saying “I was always a little porker when I was younger, so I never took the long run-up," he said. "I always took five or six steps and just trotted in." He was also a keen rugby player in his youth and attributes former Somerset fitness coach Darren Veness as the biggest influence on his strength and conditioning improvements.

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