Dom Bess, who announced his arrival on to the Somerset scene in 2016 by taking 13 wickets in the three First Class games he played, is spending a second winter at the Darren Lehmann Academy in Australia.
This year Bess is playing for Adelaide-based West Torrens Cricket Club who are enjoying considerable success as the 19 year old explained when we spoke to him this week: “We’re currently undefeated in all three comps and have got into the semi-final of our T20 competition. I feel like my comp has gone really well with the ball which I have been pleased about and I’ve been batting at eight or nine. In the 50-over competition we are top of the table going through to the quarters. The two-day games have also gone well and we are second in the table.”
“I’m just loving Adelaide and working again with the Lehman Academy where I’m working closely with Johan Botha on both my batting and bowling. I’m training on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, while playing Saturday and some Sunday’s so it’s pretty full-on. I’m also getting into the gym and running to keep Daz (SCCC Head of Strength & Conditioning, Darren Veness) happy.
“There’s plenty of boys out here who I know and I work with George Hankins from Gloucestershire a lot as we both work with Botha. The training has been top class. I’m also picking the brains of Botes which allows me to understand how to consistently perform. It’s been very good for my white ball bowling, and hopefully I will be able to knock the door down there with good performances back home!
“I’ve was also lucky enough to have two sessions with Nathan Lyon when he came down here, firstly when Australia played South Africa in the Adelaide Test and then when he played for NSW, which was through Johan. I then got to bowl at the South Africans and meet them in the changing room with him again. It’s been a great experience, picking up things from these guys.”
Regarding his batting Dom said: “My batting hasn’t gone to plan result wise, but I’m very happy with the work I’m doing in the nets alongside Johan and occasionally Mark Cosgrove who is also a coach this year at the DLCA, so it’s only a matter of time. Batting is one big thing in my game that I feel like I have improved, but as a perfectionist I want to try and get even better. Having a glimpse of First Class cricket I know what to expect, so I’ve been working extremely hard to make sure that I’m up to scratch for the season.”
Dom has also had some time to travel as he explained: “I’ve had a nice little break in which I travelled to Perth and Bali for Christmas plus New Year as well. Now I’m back in Adelaide for another hard eight weeks. Then it’s back home for pre-season which I can’t wait to be involved in for the first time with the Somerset boys.”
The 19 year old added: “I’d like to wish all the Somerset supporters a Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing them at the Cooper Associates County Ground this summer!”