SOMERSET trio Dom Bess, Craig Overton and Jamie Overton will be hoping to make an impact for the England Lions this weekend.

The Lions play the first and only ‘unofficial’ Test against Pakistan A from Sunday, while Lewis Gregory will join up with the Lions squad for the limited overs matches which follow.

Before leaving for the UAE, Bess admitted his frustration with circumstances “beyond his control” leading to his summer fizzling out just weeks after he made a favourable impression with England.

An injury to fellow Somerset spinner Jack Leach meant a surprise call-up for the two-Test series against Pakistan for Bess, who made a near-instant impact on his international debut with a half-century at Lord’s.

The 21-year-old spent much of the second half of the summer featuring for his club’s second XI and, as such, was not among the considered candidates for England’s tour to Sri Lanka.

Bess told the Press Association: “My season at the back end was pretty non-existent, I didn’t really play that much. The start was good fun.

“It’s funny how quickly it goes, so three or four weeks went (as part of the England squad) and I was like ‘Christ, I’ve done it’. But then I felt like a lot of things were out of my control.

“When we played in the Lions game I thought I played pretty well and I thought I had a good chance, but I think the big blow was not playing (for Somerset) against Worcester. They went with one spinner.

“I felt like I wasn’t going to get (an England) call or anything after that because I wasn’t playing for the first team. That was more out of my control so it was obviously a very frustrating second half of the season.”

As the junior of Somerset’s two frontline spinners, Bess accepts his opportunities may be limited if the choice is a straight shoot-out between himself and Leach.

The situation may resolve itself if Leach can establish himself with England but Bess is keeping his own options open.

Asked if he would consider a move away from Taunton, Bess said: “Potentially. That’s sport, isn’t it.

“Loan is possibly the first option because of contracts but I think then potentially - it’s obviously in the thoughts.

“I back my own ability and all I’ve got to do is get on that pitch.”

Bess, though, is not dwelling on his misfortune and is keen to get going with the Lions.

He said: “It’s really focused me. I want to get away and prove myself, and this is a massive opportunity.”