Bess joins White Rose on loan
The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has bolstered their spin options by signing Dom Bess from Somerset on an initial one-month loan.
Bess, 21, will be available for selection for Yorkshire’s upcoming Specsavers County Championship fixtures against Kent, Hampshire, Essex and Surrey.
The Devon-born off-spinner featured in two Test Matches for England last summer, scoring an impressive 50 on debut against Pakistan at Lord’s, before taking three wickets at Emerald Headingley in the following Test.
Bess told yorkshireccc.com: "I haven't been getting the cricket that I would like. Once I got a general idea of where I was, I asked if I could go on loan. I've been on the loan list for a while and luckily Andrew Gale got in touch through my agent and spoke about an opportunity for a month or so, playing Championship cricket for Yorkshire.
"At the moment it's a chance to get some cricket under my belt. To have this opportunity and for Yorkshire to be able to give me this opportunity, I hope I can repay them.
“It will be a great experience for me to be put into this Yorkshire side and hopefully I can deliver some good performances.
"I've been on a bit of a journey. But to get out there and play First-Class cricket will be brilliant. Whatever side I play for; I want to win. In general, Yorkshire have that attitude, which I love. I want to give both the club and myself the best opportunities."
Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon said: “When Dom became available, we thought that it would be advantageous for us. It helps the balance of the team as he can bat as well as bowl his off-spin.
“Dom is a highly talented young cricketer who clearly needs to be playing first team cricket. At Somerset, Dom isn’t getting the opportunity with Jack Leach playing, so we feel that it is the right time to loan him.
“Our senior spinner in Josh Poysden hasn’t played any red ball cricket yet this season. James Logan is currently injured, and Karl Carver hasn’t had much opportunity in red ball cricket so far. Given the circumstances, we felt that it would be a good move for us.
“This is for a month initially. There is an opportunity now for the spinners on the staff to play in the Second XI and hopefully put in some good performances to warrant selection before we assess the situation in a month’s time.”