Dom’s journey down under prepares him for new season

PUBLISHED: 11:38 19 March 2017 | UPDATED: 08:50 20 March 2017

Jack Leach and Dom Bess have signed new deals with Somerset Cricket Club.

Jack Leach and Dom Bess have signed new deals with Somerset Cricket Club.

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A teenage cricketer from Sidford is preparing for his first full season at Somerset Cricket Club.

Dom (first in second row) enjoyed playing in Australia ahead of his first season at Somerset Cricket Club. Credit: Somerset Cricket Club.Dom (first in second row) enjoyed playing in Australia ahead of his first season at Somerset Cricket Club. Credit: Somerset Cricket Club.

Dom Bess impressed on his first class debut for the club last year, taking a six-wicket haul - including the wickets of former England players Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott.

The 19-year-old has started pre-season training with the team after spending the winter in Australia.

He said: “Going away allows you to pick up some different things such as different ways of playing and going about things.

“It’s really good for your own development to expose yourself to these experiences both inside and outside of cricket.

“Being an overseas player, you want to start pretty well and that brings an extra little bit of pressure which you have to overcome. To be honest, I feel like my personal development has gone through the roof.”

During his time in Australia, he played for West Torrens, helping the team to win the one-day cup.

Dom, who began his career at Sidmouth Cricket Club at the age of seven, said his career ‘sky rocketed’ following his success last season.

He said he wanted to work hard to push for a place in Somerset’s second and first teams.

“I’m just looking to take any opportunity that comes along,” said Dom, “I’m going to keep working as hard as I can because I believe that is how you gain your opportunities. If you work as hard as you can, you create those chances.”

Recalling his season, Dom told the club the crowd’s reception left him ‘speechless’ after taking a wicket.

He added: “The supporters are amazing. I will always remember the reception that I got last season.

“It gave me goosebumps at times. They’ve been massive for us.

“The ovation we got from them was incredible.

“They mean a massive amount to me and to all the players. They are a part of this club and a huge part of why you play the game.”

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