Will Fraine impressed with Yorkshire CCC this season
Yorkshire are enjoying an impressive season, with Will Fraine admitting: “We’ve ticked pretty much every box we could have done.”
With eight weeks remaining in 2021, the White Rose county are in the hunt for all four pieces of silverware, including the Bob Willis Trophy.
Additionally, the Royal London Cup has shown that a host of young players could be stars of the future.
Opening batsman Fraine said: “We’re in the top group for the County Championship and we have a great opportunity to get to Finals Day in the Blast, which is something the club are really big on having underperformed in the last few years.
“We started slowly against Surrey in the Royal London Cup but, ever since, the lads have been learning and everybody’s contributed.
“That’s what is so pleasing. It’s not been one guy running off with 500 runs or 20 wickets. Everybody’s pulling their weight, and there’s been no weak link.”
Yorkshire face Glamorgan at Cardiff on Thursday (11am) knowing a win will qualify them for either a 50-over semi-final or an eliminator clash.
They have three wins and eight points from seven games and currently sit two points behind the Welshmen - some achievement for a county missing ten players to the Hundred.
Fraine smashed a brilliant career best 69 in Sunday's win over Derbyshire at Chesterfield when they cruised to a 109 target with eight balls to spare.
In reaching 50 off 19 balls, he recorded Yorkshire’s fastest ever List A fifty.
Yorkshire’s development and quality of play has been clear to see in victories over Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Derbyshire.
But what is Fraine’s view of the quality across the Royal London Cup?
“I think it’s been really strong,” said the 25-year-old. “Surrey are a massive club with a lot of depth, Somerset the same. Leicestershire, apart from Colin Ackermann and Cal Parkinson, were at full strength and Northants were really strong. Their bowling attack was basically full strength. Warwickshire’s batting was also strong.
“I think this competition has shown the depth of the county game. It’s going to allow for lads to get better quicker because you only get better playing first-team cricket - in front of crowds, handling pressure.
“At a big club, where we have amazing players like Joe Root, Adam Lyth and Tom Kohler-Cadmore, it can be hard to get those opportunities. This is only going to help lads like Matthew Revis and Will Luxton. When they do make the step up, they’ll have the confidence.”
Yorkshire’s youngsters have played some swashbuckling cricket over the last few weeks. Derbyshire was a prime example, as was the win over Leicestershire when they chased down 328 at Grace Road.
In the win over Warwickshire at York last week, Matthew Waite smashed 30 off a thrilling final over of the innings to boost their total to an unassailable 320, so they head down to Cardiff this week brimming with confidence.
By Graham Hardcastle