A terrific twirler with a high ceiling

Dom Bess is a spin bowling all-rounder with 14 Test caps for England, and a Devonian who is closing in on 100 first-class career appearances.

Bess is a pugnacious cricketer – highly talented with ball and bat. 

The now 26-year-old joined Yorkshire on a four-year deal from the home comforts of Somerset, where he was struggling for regular opportunity with the presence of left-arm spinner Jack Leach in their squad.

His situation was best highlighted in May 2018 when he made his Test debut against Pakistan at Lord’s, only to be playing second-team cricket at Somerset just a few weeks later. 

Bess has had a number of moments to savour for Yorkshire, whom he has captained in a few one-day matches. 

In 2021, his first full season with the county – he had two short loan spells in 2019, he returned superb match-winning County Championship hauls of 6-53 and 7-43 at Sussex and Northamptonshire.

However, he has also had his challenges. He missed out on Championship selection midway through 2023, and ended up going out on loan briefly twice to Warwickshire and back to Somerset. 

But he returned to end the season encouragingly, including a career best 5-37 in a Metro Bank One-Day Cup win at Essex. 

Ahead of the 2024 summer, which starts with him on 94 first-class appearances, he spent parts of his winter playing domestic cricket in Zimbabwe for the Southern Rocks, claiming 13 wickets in five first-class appearances added to scores of 46, 63, 56, 70 and 80. The majority came batting at three. 

Bess played his age-group cricket in the West Country and debuted for Somerset’s first team in a first-class friendly against Pakistan aged 18 in July 2016.

In early 2021, he took 17 wickets in three overseas Tests in Sri Lanka and India, including a Test best of 5-30 in the opening game of the series win over the former at Galle.

UPDATED: Feb 2024.

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