County Stats (19/20 season)
Dom Bess signed a four-year deal to move from Somerset ahead of 2021, a season in which he took career best first-class figures of 7-43 and captained Yorkshire in one-day cricket.
An off-spinning all-rounder from Devon who enjoyed early career success at Taunton, Bess has graduated through to play 14 Tests for England.
Bess, who turns 25 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. 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 Headingley in 2019, one playing County Championship cricket and the other T20.
In 2020 through to early 2021, Bess held down a place as England’s number one spinner in Tests.
He took six wickets in a win over South Africa at Port Elizabeth at the start of 2020, including 5-51 in the first innings.
At the start of 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.
Bess lost his place shortly afterwards and hasn’t played since March 2021 in Ahmedabad.
However, he showed his immense quality in his first season with Yorkshire.
Having spoken of his mental struggles during the winter tours of Sri Lanka and India, series played in Covid-enforced bubbles, he arrived at Yorkshire and claimed a match-winning 6-53 in the second innings of the third Championship match of the season at Sussex in late April.
He followed that with an equally sensational 7-43 in the first innings of a win at Northamptonshire in early July.
A few weeks earlier, Bess had claimed hauls of 3-21 and then 3-17 – both career bests at the time – in home Blast wins over Derbyshire and Northants.
He then captained the Vikings twice at the start of the Royal London Cup in late July before returning to England’s Test squad as cover against India. He also toured Australia in winter 2021/22 but did not play.
Bess, 20 away, should pass the 200-wicket mark in first-class cricket in 2022.
His ability with the bat is also 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.