|First-class debut||Somerset v Pakistanis at Taunton, Jul 3-5, 2016 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Somerset v Middlesex at Taunton, Sep 25-28, 2017 scorecard|
|Only T20s||Hampshire v Somerset at Southampton, Jul 29, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/23, 4*, 0/14||Eng Lions||v Jamaica XI||Kingston||5 Feb 2018||Other|
|0, 1/43, 8, 1/19||Somerset||v Middlesex||Taunton||25 Sep 2017||FC|
|27, 0/65, 35, 2/47||Somerset||v Surrey||The Oval||19 Sep 2017||FC|
|17, 1/24, 3/85||Somerset||v Lancashire||Taunton||12 Sep 2017||FC|
|2, 1/50, 3/61||Somerset||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||5 Sep 2017||FC|
|22*, 2/17, 0||Somerset||v Essex||Chelmsford||28 Aug 2017||FC|
|0/36, 17||Smrst 2nd XI||v Essex 2nd XI||Taunton||21 Aug 2017||Other|
|55, 5/101||Somerset||v Surrey||Taunton||7 Aug 2017||FC|
|10*||Smrst 2nd XI||v Glouc 2nd XI||Bristol||1 Aug 2017||Other|
|17, 1/31||Smrst 2nd XI||v Glam 2nd XI||Taunton||27 Jul 2017||Other T20|
Whatever ambitions Dom Bess had for the Championship season of 2016, he could never have imagined that his offspin would suddenly be regarded as a key component in Somerset's Championship challenge - a challenge only beaten off by Middlesex in the final session of the season. Life changed for Bess on one memorable day on a Taunton turner when 21 wickets fell and he found himself acknowledging the cheers of the crowd as he took 6 for 21 on Championship debut, including Warwickshire's former England pair Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott in successive balls. His figures were the best by a Somerset championship debutant since Tony Pearson took 7 for 63 against Worcestershire at the Imperial Athletic Ground in Bristol in 1961.
To underline that it was no fluke, he followed up with 5-43 against Nottinghamshire in Somerset's final match of the season to send them briefly top of the table, only to be passed by Middlesex on the final day. In only two Championship matches, Bess returned season's figures of 10 wickets at 10.46. All a far cry from his first-class debut against Pakistan in July but failed to take a wicket.
Those good impressions were underlined when, in tandem with Jack Leach, he was again a central part of Somerset's season in 2017, taking 36 wickets at 23.42, with Taunton by now nicknamed Ciderabad because of the responsiveness of its surfaces. Somerset beat Middlesex in the last game to stay up and both Leach and Bess won England Lions recognition. Bess was only 20, tempting Leach to comment: "I was still getting pissed at University at that age."
Bess is a offspinning all-rounder from Sidmouth in Devon. He signed a scholarship contract with Somerset, having joined the club's academy when he was 16 and has represented England Under-19s. Hundreds in the 2nd XI showed that he could hold a bat, too. He also spent the 2015-16 winter at Darren Lehmann's Adelaide academy. His explanation as to how he came to bowl offspin was a diverting one. "I was always a little porker when I was younger, so I never took the long run-up," he said. "I always took five or six steps and just trotted in."