WILL Fraine scored an eye-catching maiden first-class century – but Yorkshire let a position of strength slip on the way to 327 all out against Surrey during a helter-skelter opening day of their Specsavers County Championship clash at Scarborough.

Opener Fraine, 23 earlier this month, returned to his home county over the winter from Nottinghamshire and he has only recently broken into the team in place of ex-England under 19s captain Harry Brook.

On the way to 106 off 149 balls, he shared 116 inside 27 overs for the first wicket with Adam Lyth (55), only to fall as Yorkshire slipped from 187 for one to 231 for seven during the afternoon.

All-rounder Jordan Clark did the damage and finished with five for 77 - his second career five-wicket haul - before Surrey closed on 48 without loss from 14 overs.

Last summer, Clark claimed a famous hat-trick against Yorkshire whilst playing for Lancashire as he removed Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Jonny Bairstow. That was part of his first five-for.

Here, he took advantage of some swing, bounce and some loose stroke play to turn around a day which had started with the champions erring.

The hosts lost six for 44 from mid-afternoon onwards, including four for 18, before captain Steve Patterson’s swashbuckling 46 regained some momentum after tea.

Patterson’s day started by winning Yorkshire’s 10th successive toss (discounting uncontested tosses), a post war White Rose record.

Fraine and Lyth, who hit two leg-side sixes, recorded Yorkshire’s first century opening partnership since September 2017.

Fraine, in his fourth Championship appearance for Yorkshire, pounced on anything short, particularly on the off-side, and drove strongly down the ground, hitting 19 fours in all added to a pulled six off Clark to move into the nineties.

He was not without luck as he was dropped on 31 and 102, the first of those by Dean Elgar at gully off Clark.

Lyth was the first to go before lunch when he miscued a cut at Rikki Clarke to Jamie Smith just in front of point.

After lunch, the collapse was started when Gary Ballance was caught at second slip by Scott Borthwick off Clark (187 for two after 42 overs) - the same combination which later removed Jack Leaning without scoring.

After Ballance’s departure, Tom Kohler-Cadmore played on to the same bowler almost four overs later.

Fraine was then caught behind off Morne Morkel before Clark removed Leaning, leaving Yorkshire at 205 for five in the 50th.

England Test left-arm swing bowler Sam Curran had a mixed day. He took the new ball and conceded 55 runs in his first 11 overs before leaving the field midway through his 15th over as a precaution following a recent hamstring injury. But not before he had struck twice in two balls.

At the end of the 58th and start of the 60th overs, he had David Willey caught at mid-wicket following a miscued pull and bowled South African overseas spinner Keshav Maharaj with a full toss for a golden duck on debut - 231 for seven.

Clark had Jonny Tattersall caught behind down leg as Yorkshire fell to 250 for eight in the 66th, only for Patterson and Ben Coad (25) to swing the pendulum again.

Coad hit five fours before skewing Morkel to point, leaving the score at 295 for nine in the 71st. Patterson carved nine fours in all before Clark had him caught at first slip to wrap up the innings in the 80th over.

Mark Stoneman closed on 28 for Surrey and Elgar 14 not out.