Dom Bess has had a whirlwind few days since he was included in the First XI squad to play against Warwickshire.
On Tuesday morning he knew for sure that he was playing and not long after that he was brought into the attack. He claimed six for 28 on his Specsavers County Championship debut to which he added two for 31 in Warwickshire’s second innings, giving him match figures of eight for 54. Not bad for a 19 year old former Academy boy from Sidmouth!
Having had time for the dust to settle, how does it feel looking back over his memorable few days? “I think that what has happened to me this week is just starting to sink in,” he said. I can’t quite describe how I feel because it is a dream come true for me.”
How did he find it bowling in tandem with left arm spinner Jack Leach? “I bowled quite a bit with Leachy for the Second XI,” he said. I chat with him a lot about bowling because he has got a lot more knowledge than me. It’s awesome to be out there bowling with him, especially as he is a local lad as well. You sort of idolize him a little bit because he has already been there and done it so it was great to have him there. For me to take six in the first innings and him six in the second was awesome as well. I also talked quite a lot to Roelof van der Merwe and he was also a great help to me as well.”
How did he feel the first time that the skipper threw him the ball? “It was pretty early on in the game when Chris threw me the ball I didn’t expect it quite so soon. Ian Westwood, who is a left hander, was at the wicket and I was hoping to sneak him out. Instead I got Jonathan Trott out and then I had Bell with my next ball, which I still have to pinch myself to believe!”
Dom went on: “This has made everything that I have done since I came on to the Academy and spending last winter out in Australia all really worthwhile. I would do it all again without a doubt to be at this point again. I just need to keep my head on my shoulders and keep on working hard because that has got me to where I am at the present. I want to do more, so there is no rest for me.”