FRINTON Cricket Club have confirmed the signing of former Essex batsman Jaik Mickleburgh.

The 27-year-old spent last summer with fellow Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League outfit Copdock and Old Ipswichian.

Mickleburgh came through Essex's academy and was named in their first-team squad ahead of the 2008 season.

He made his first-class debut in August 2008, against Leicestershire, and signalled his arrival by scoring 60.

His performances led to him being picked for the England under-19 squad that winter and he toured South Africa in the New Year.

In April 2010 Mickleburgh scored his debut first-class century of 174 off 388 balls, including 13 fours and a six, against Durham.

In tandem with James Foster, it helped set a record fifth-wicket partnership for Essex of 339.

One of his brightest seasons at Essex came in 2013.

Despite having started the season out of the side, Mickleburgh finished that summer as the county's leading Championship run-scorer with 829 at an average of 41.45.

His most productive spell in county cricket also included a career-best 243 against Leicestershire.

Mickleburgh helped Essex win the Specsavers County Championship Division Two title in 2016.

However, at the end of the season, it was announced he was not being offered a new contract - therefore ending his nine-year affiliation with the county.

Mickleburgh has also played Minor Counties cricket for Norfolk and Suffolk and spent two summers playing in Australia, in addition to a spell in Zimbabwe.

Meanwhile, Frinton have also confirmed that former Frinton player Tom Sinclair is returning to Ashlyns Road.