Full name: Dominic Mark Bess
Born/Date of Birth: 22 July 1997
Place of Birth: Exeter, Devon, England
Bowling: Right-arm off break
National side: England
Test debut (cap 685): 24 May 2018 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
2016–present: Somerset (squad no. 22)
2018–2019: Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)
2019: → Yorkshire (on loan) (squad no. 22)
Dominic Mark Bess (born 22 July 1997) is an English cricketer who plays for Somerset County Cricket Club and England.
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 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.
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 season Bess took 36 wickets in Division 1 of the county championship at an average of only 23.42.
On 8 May 2019, Bess went on loan to Yorkshire for a month.
Having previously represented England at U-19 level, Bess was included in the England Lions squad in the summer of 2017 for a match against the touring South Africa A team, though he did not play. He was then selected for the Lions squads for the winter tours to Australia and the West Indies. He took 5/88 on his England Lions debut, in Antigua.
Called up after an injury to his county teammate Jack Leach, Bess made his Test debut for England against Pakistan on 24 May 2018 at Lord's. Though he shared a century stand with Jos Buttler in England's second innings – making a score of 57 – Bess failed to take a wicket or stop his side succumbing to a nine-wicket defeat. However, in the second Test of the series, Bess took his first Test wicket, of Imam-ul-Haq. Overall in the match, he took 3 wickets and contributed 49 with the bat, as a nightwatchman. England went on to win the match by an innings and 55 runs.
In January 2020, in the third Test against South Africa, Bess took his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket. On 29 May 2020, Bess was named in a 55-man group of players to begin training ahead of international fixtures starting in England following the COVID-19 pandemic. On 17 June 2020, Bess was included in England's 30-man squad to start training behind closed doors for the Test series against the West Indies. On 4 July 2020, Bess was named in England's thirteen-man squad for the first Test match of the series.
Early and personal life
From Sidmouth in Devon, Bess joined Somerset's academy when he was 16. He went to spend time at Darren Lehmann’s Adelaide academy in 2015. He has attributed his career as a spinner to the shorter run up required compared to fast bowling 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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