Bess signs extended deal with Somerset

By RICHARD WALSH

Somerset’s off-spinning all-rounder Dom Bess, who has made such an impression since bursting on to the First Class cricketing scene at the end of the 2016 season, has signed an extension to his existing contract.

The 20-year-old who hails from Sidmouth and plays Devon League cricket for Exeter, has signed a new two-year deal that will see him playing for Somerset until at least the end of the 2020 season.

Dom Bess in Devon guiseSince making his debut against Pakistan in July 2016, the gutsy all-rounder has taken 49 wickets at an average of 22.59, not bad for a youngster who wasn’t offered and contract by Somerset after graduating from their Academy the previous autumn.

Instead the former Blundell’s School boy who played up through the Devon age groups went off to play grade cricket in Australia, which he reckons was a key part of his development and helped him to mature both as a player and as a person.

Since then there has been no stopping Bess and last summer he was chosen for the England Lions. This winter he is heading out to the West Indies, where he will play both red and white-ball cricket for the Lions.

After signing his new contract Bess said: “I’m really excited about the next three years and I can’t wait for the season to start.

“It means a massive amount to me to play for Somerset and I’m really grateful to everyone who has given me the opportunity to get to where I am.

“I love this club and there are so many great people here. It’s something very special to walk out on to the field here and the fans are awesome. Hopefully I can push on now and help the club to be successful.”

Bess is most certainly a highly talented and ambitious young cricketer who is highly rated by the England management so it will be interesting to see what the summer of 2018 has in store for him.