ASHBURTON have made three signings – one of them from Australia – ready for their return to C Division cricket this summer.

All-rounder Tom Durman has returned to Varwell Field after a short spell at Abbotskerswell.

The Chargers have also put pen to paper with batsman Dan Coles, who has transferred from Chudleigh.

Ashburton have also signed South African Tristan Wakefield, a genuine all-rounder based in Queensland, Australia.

With a highest score of 129 and best bowling figures of six for 36, 25-year-old Wakefield looks a handy acquisition.

His current club is Gateway Baptists, who play in the Churches Cricket Association Queensland Premiership.

Wakefield, who is captain of his club, said: “I am young and passionate about the game, extremely outgoing and want to push myself to achieve new goals.

“It's always been a dream to play competitive cricket overseas and I believe now I am playing some great cricket I'm ready for a new challenge.”

Chargers’ captain Ashley Berry the three signings have swelled confidence for the season ahead.

“This season holds a lot of promise for the club and we're now in a great position to fulfill that potential,” said Berry.

“We welcome Tommy back and we know what a quality player he is.

“We played against Dan during his time at Halberton so we know he'll be a great addition to the squad.

“Tristan arrives in early April and he will not only add depth to the team, but will be able to share his experience and knowledge with the entire club.”

Pre-season indoor training sessions have already begun at the Ashmoor Centre in Ashburton, from noon to 1.30pm.

Ashburton welcome new players. For more information, contact Berry on 07850 006913.