FORMER Somerset and England all-rounder Ian Blackwell has signed for Wembdon CC for the rest of the season.

Blackwell, 35, a left arm spinner and attacking batsman, made a name for himself at Somerset from 2000 to 2008, and enjoyed spells with Durham and Warwickshire before retiring in 2012.

Blackwell represented England in one test, but one-day cricket was where he was best suited and he represented England in 34 ODI's.

Wembdon first teamer Dan Bingham said: “This is a huge statement of intent and a massive moment in the club’s history.

“We’re hoping this is the catalyst to attract new players and supporters to the club, enabling us to build on recent successful seasons and progress up the WEPL pyramid.”

Wembdon skipper Sam Puddy said: “With Ian joining for the rest of 2014 we’re excited about the team’s potential.

“Ian will benefit the club on and off the field, supporting teammates and youth cricket, which has always been a huge part of Wembdon's success.”