Having spent all summer tying the country’s leading batsmen up in knots, Somerset supporters will be pleased to hear that Jack Leach has signed a new contract with the Club.
Fans of the County will also be happy to hear that Dom Bess has put pen to paper on a new deal too.
Jack graduated from the Somerset Academy in 2010 and after two successful years in the Second XI he went on to make his first-class debut for the County against South Africa in 2012. During that match he claimed the prize wicket of Hashim Amla. He also made his County Championship debut later that year against Lancashire at Liverpool taking 2 for 37.
2016 was a tremendous year for Jack who claimed 65 wickets in the Specsavers County Championship at an average of 21.88 with an economy rate of just 2.70. The 25 year old also claimed no fewer than five five-wicket hauls during this campaign. Jack’s new deal will see him remain with the County until at least the conclusion of the 2019 season.
After committing himself to the Club for another three years Jack said: “I’m really happy to have signed a new contract with Somerset, it’s a really proud moment for me. I grew up watching Somerset from a very young age so to sign this three year contract is right up there with the proudest moments of my career so far. I love playing here and I wouldn’t want to play anywhere else. The fans mean the world to me and the players and coaching staff are great to work with. I see a big future for the Club and I’m looking forward to being a part of that.”
Dom Bess also enjoyed an impressive season in 2016. The 19 year, who hails from Sidmouth, made his way through the Devon Age Group system before representing them in the Minor County competition. He also spent two years on the Somerset Academy before graduating in 2015.
In July the right arm off spinner made his first-class debut for Somerset in the three-day Tourist Match against Pakistan after which he played in both the Second XI T20 and Trophy Finals. He also made his maiden century for Somerset Seconds in their match against Gloucestershire.
Earlier this month Dom made his Specsavers County Championship debut against Warwickshire, taking six for 28 in the first innings and finishing with match figures of 8 for 59, which he followed up with five for 43 in the first innings of the final game against Nottinghamshire. He has now signed a two year professional contract with the Club.
Dom said: “I’m really delighted to have signed for Somerset and it’s a dream come true for me to have taken 13 wickets in my first two games, both of which we won. I’m very happy to have been offered a two year deal to sign for Somerset and I’m proud that all the hard work is starting to pay off.”
Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “It’s great for the future of the Club that these two highly talented players have committed themselves to Somerset. Jack has had a terrific season and has proved himself to be one of finest spin bowlers in the country. He is extremely well thought of in the dressing room and is a real fan favourite. He will be involved with the England Lions this winter and I have no doubt that his career will go from strength to strength.
“Dom is a feisty character and fights for every wicket and every run. He has already shown just how valuable an addition he is to the side so we are delighted to have been able to sign him on a two year contract.
“Both Jack and Dom have a big part to play in the future of this Club.”