County Stats (19/20 season)
Dom Bess is Yorkshire’s newest recruit having signed a four-year deal to move from Somerset ahead of 2021.
An off-spinning all-rounder from Devon who enjoyed early career success at Taunton, Bess has graduated through to becoming a key part of England’s Test Match plans.
Bess, who will turn 24 in July, played his age-group cricket down in the West Country and debuted for Somerset’s first team in a first-class friendly against Pakistan as an 18-year-old in July 2016.
That September, he made his County Championship debut against Warwickshire at Taunton and took 6-26 in the first innings and 2-31 in the second.
In his second appearance, he claimed 5-43 in the first innings against Nottinghamshire at Taunton. Both were victories.
A pugnacious cricketer, Bess has moved away from his first county in order to play regular first-team cricket given the presence of fellow England Test spinner Jack Leach in Somerset ranks.
He spent two short loan spells at Emerald Headingley in 2019, one playing Championship cricket and the other T20.
Ahead of 2021, he had played only 23 times in one-day and T20 cricket at professional level, while he has gone beyond the 50 career first-class appearances.
At time of writing, he was closing in on 150 first-class wickets, including 10 five-wicket hauls with a best of 7-117.
His ability with the bat will be a huge asset to Yorkshire. To date he has scored one first-class hundred.
Bess made his Test debut against Pakistan at Lord’s in the summer of 2018, but shortly afterwards was back playing second-team county cricket – an early indication of why he needed to seek pastures new.
During the 2021 summer, he is likely to pass the 50-wicket mark in Tests.