Benton will play for Haslingden Cricket Club under the tutelage of former Redbacks all-rounder and Italy international Joe Scuderi, who is Head Coach of the side.

The right-arm medium fast bowler made his first-class debut for South Australia against Queensland in 2015 and featured once last season among a strong pace attack. 

Benton (25) has already enjoyed a superb start to his stint, picking up 5-11 in a ten-wicket victory over Colne in a one-day match.   

Colne’s top-order failed to deliver from the outset, but Benton took his first bowling their no.4 - South Africa and Colne’s professional Izak Bergh - out for four to leave the visitors 4-14.

Benton struck without respite, tearing through Colne’s order as their batsmen failed to make a score over 20 and were all out for 73.

Haslingden’s openers wasted no time in reply, bludgeoning 26 off 33 and 38 off 44 with 12 sundries to reach the total and award the home side with an emphatic win and an early tea.

The league is allowed one professional player and General Manager, High Performance Tim Nielsen is hopeful that Benton will benefit from the experience gained abroad.

“It’s an excellent opportunity for Nick to play in different conditions and continue to develop his bowling. We are hopeful he will come back ready for the new season and push hard for selection in both the Matador Cup and Shield teams.”

Benton is among some of the country’s most prestigious players to have earned their stripes in England’s north west, with Michael Clarke, Shane Warne, Ian Chappell and Allan Border just some of those to have featured in Lancashire.