YORK CC have bolstered their batting options with the addition of former Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire batsman Will Fraine.

Top-order Fraine was released by Yorkshire following the expiration of his contract at Headingley at the end of last season, having made 1,638 runs during his four-year stint at the club.

Playing alongside York-born bowler Matthew Fisher in the age groups for Yorkshire as a youngster, the 27-year-old made his first class debut for Durham against Gloucestershire, playing four times amid his studies for a degree in Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity.

The Huddersfield-born batsman then went on to play a further 11 times across three formats for Nottinghamshire, before returning to his native county on a three-year deal from the Trent Bridge outfit in 2018.

Fraine scored a maiden first-class century in his first season with Yorkshire, smashing 106 against a Surrey attack led by South African fast-bowler Morne Morkel at Scarborough.

Despite struggling to pin down a spot in the first-team, an impressive 143 from 107 balls against Northamptonshire in the Royal London Cup in 2022 served up a reminder of his potential.

However, 2023 saw him play the majority of his matches for Yorkshire's second string, in which the highlight was undoubtedly his unbeaten 109 and 58 against Derbyshire in June.

Fraine's final match for his county came against Durham at the end of September, in which he scored 53 not out.

The right-hander is no stranger to Clifton Park, having scored 41 runs across Yorkshire's List A matches against both Surrey and Hampshire in the city last August. 

York will kick off their Hunters Yorkshire Premier League North Premier Division campaign against cross-city rivals Woodhouse Grange on April 20.