County Stats (19/20 season)
Will Fraine, a Yorkshireman who has experienced life away before returning home, has shown signs of real promise during his first three seasons at Headingley – more with white ball than red.
Batter Fraine moved from Nottinghamshire ahead of 2019, the county who handed him his senior competitive debuts.
He captained Durham University, for whom he played four of the five first-class appearances to his name prior to joining Yorkshire – he debuted for them in 2017.
Fraine, now aged 25, played Under 17s cricket for Yorkshire in 2012 and 2013 alongside Matthew Fisher, Matthew Waite, Jordan Thompson and Jared Warner.
He also played for the Academy and represented the Under 19s in 2014 prior to moving to boarding school in Worcester. He represented Worcestershire seconds in 2015 and 2016.
Notts handed him a contract midway through 2018 after a string of impressive second-team performances, with him debuting in a T20 Blast clash with Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford. He had a Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity Uni assignment due the following day!
And Notts wanted to retain him at the end of the year. Thankfully, Fraine was lured back home.
His first three years at Yorkshire haven’t been without frustration, with him requiring surgery on a recurring dislocated knee, which he suffered twice in three months in late 2019.
He has, therefore, not been a first-team regular.
But the cricket he has played has been hugely exciting.
A product of the Meltham club in Huddersfield, where he opened the batting with Yorkshire women’s star Hollie Armitage, he scored a superb maiden Championship century – 106 – against champions Surrey at Scarborough in 2019 whilst opening the batting against a Morne Morkel led attack.
Then, during the shortened 2020 campaign, he demonstrated significant skill and power in the middle order finisher’s role in T20, highlighted by a 16-ball 44 in a Headingley win over Derbyshire.
In April 2021, he scored a second-team Championship 186 against Gloucestershire at Bristol, sharing a third-wicket 224 with double centurion George Hill. That partnership was Yorkshire’s highest ever for that wicket. They contributed to a team total of 602-8 declared, also a county high.
Fraine then crashed a friendly century against Northumberland in a one-day game at Scarborough in July before, shortly afterwards, freewheeling his way to 69 off 32 balls in a truncated Royal London Cup win over Derbyshire at Chesterfield, including 50 off 19 – Yorkshire’s fastest List A fifty.
He warmed up for 2022 with a winter spell playing first-class cricket in Zimbabwe for the Eagles.