ENGLAND new boy Dom Bess is in Somerset’s squad for the make-or-break Royal London One-Day Cup clash with Hampshire.

Somerset can still reach the knockout stages if they beat Hampshire and Kent beat Essex at Chelmsford.

Whether or not Bess plays will depend on conditions at the Ageas Bowl. But, following the successful start to his Test Match career, the 20-year-old off-spinner is certain to face Nottinghamshire in the top-of-the-table Specsavers County Championship match at Taunton, starting on Saturday.

Somerset head coach Jason Kerr said: “We are all immensely proud of what Dom has done with England and it will be great having him back in our dressing room.

“All we can do is put in a strong performance against Hampshire and hope for the best. If we do qualify by beating them we will take some momentum into the knock-out stage.

“We haven’t been consistent enough in any aspect of our play during the group campaign, but we have shown at times that we can be a very good 50-over side.”

Tom Banton has been left out of the Somerset squad after scoring only 70 runs in six Royal London Cup innings this season,

Somerset remain badly hit by injuries, with skipper Tom Abell still sidelined by a fractured little finger, Tim Groenewald ruled out by a groin problem and Jack Davey about to start bowling again in the second XI after a quad muscle injury.

Craig Overton faces a late fitness test on a damaged hand.