County Stats (19/20 season)
Will Fraine, a Yorkshireman who has experienced life away before returning home, has shown significant promise in his first two seasons at Emerald Headingley.
Batsman Fraine signed a three-year contract ahead of 2019 after opting to move from Nottinghamshire, 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 the White Rose – he debuted for them in 2017.
Fraine, now aged 24, 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, he was lured back home on the recommendation of batting coach Paul Grayson, who had been his Durham Uni coach.
His first two 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 encouraging.
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.
Now, he aims to marry white and red ball form together in the coming years. It should be fun to watch.