Somerset spinner Dom Bess is enjoying working with former
Protea skipper Johan Botha during his spell with Adelaide-based West Torrens
Bess has spent the English winter honing his craft in grade
cricket in Australia and is eager to press for more white ball opportunities
with both his county and England.
The spinner told the Somerset County Gazette: “I’m just
loving Adelaide, working again with the Lehmann Academy and closer with Johan
Botha on both my batting and bowling - I found he is someone who is very
similar to me.
“I’m training Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, while
playing Saturday and some Sundays – so it’s pretty full on.
“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
Bess is thrilled with both his performance and the showings
of the team as a whole with the club still in the running in three
The young tweaker said: “We are currently undefeated in all
three competitions and have got into the semi-final of our T20 competition.
“I feel like my competition has gone really well - bowling 4
overs 0 maidens 20 runs 2 wickets, 4/0/19/1, 4/0/12/0, 4/0/15/1 - which I have
been pleased about, while I have been batting eight or nine but haven’t been
asked to bat apart from once.
“In the 50-over competition we are top of the table, going
through to the quarters.
“I bowled 10/1/31/1 and 10/0/45/4 which I felt very good
about but, again, only coming in to finish one game getting five not out.
“The two-day games have also gone well and we are second in
the table. Here, I’ve bowled 20.4/7/30/2 and 5/5/0/0.
“As a spinner I feel like you have to work very hard and
stay patient, so these figures are good as it shows I have been accurate.”
Bess is happy with the work his has put in on his bowling
and batting in slightly alien conditions.
He added: “My batting
hasn’t gone to plan result-wise, but the work I’m doing in the nets I’m very
“Batting is one big thing in my game I feel like I have
improved but, as a perfectionist, I want to try and get even better at
It hasn't been all graft for the spinner who has enjoyed
some travel in his down time: “I’ve had a nice little break in which I
travelled to Perth, Bali and New York as well.
“Now I’m back in Adelaide for another hard eight weeks, then
it’s back home for pre-season.
“I’d like to wish all the Somerset Supporters a happy new
year and I look forward to seeing them this year at the County Ground.”