Nick Browne (cricketer)

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Nick Browne
Nick Browne Upminster CC vs Essex CCC.jpg
Personal information
Full name Nicholas Laurence Joseph Browne
Born (1991-03-24) 24 March 1991 (age 25)
Leytonstone, England
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right-arm leg break
Domestic team information
Years Team
2013–present Essex (squad no. 10)
2016 MCC
First-class debut 28 May 2013 Essex v Worcestershire
List A debut 27 July 2015 Essex v Lancashire
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 48 17 14
Runs scored 3,110 511 165
Batting average 44.42 36.50 16.50
100s/50s 11/11 0/3 0/0
Top score 255 99 38
Balls bowled 262
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a n/a
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 41/– 7/– 6/–
Source: CricketArchive, 27 January 2017

Nicholas Laurence Joseph Browne (born 24 March 1991 in Leytonstone) is an English cricketer who plays for Essex as a left-handed batsman who bowls leg breaks.[1]

He studied at Trinity Catholic High School, Woodford Green, and has played for South Woodford CC since childhood, progressing from their youth teams into their 1st XI.

He played for a number of seasons for Essex's 2nd XI, scoring over a 1000 runs for the Essex 2nd XI that year and eventually this led to his call up to the first team.[citation needed] Making his first-class debut in May 2013 against Worcestershire, he scored 3 and took 0-59 in a rain effected draw.[2]

Browne scored his maiden first-class fifty in June 2014 in a County Championship game against Gloucestershire. He scored 65 in a partnership of 139 with fellow opener Tom Westley.[3] His maiden First-Class century came the following week against Derbyshire at Chesterfield, when he was unbeaten on 132*, the highest score ever made by an Essex opener carrying his bat. In the second innings scored 100* to become the first Essex player since Ravi Bopara in 2010 to score a century in both innings of a match. He spent every minute of the match on the pitch. In the final fixture of the 2014 season he scored 118 against Worcestershire at Chelmsford.

At the Kia Oval on 27 April 2015 Browne made his highest First Class score to date, scoring 143 against Surrey. In a County Championship match versus Lancashire at Old Trafford on 9 July he scored 105 in the first innings, and 50 in the second innings as Essex were made to follow on. He continued his run of good form with his sixth Championship century against Glamorgan making 129 in an opening stand of 237 with Liam Dawson at Chelmsford on 14 July 2015. The following day he was awarded his County Cap during the lunch interval.[citation needed]

Browne became the first Essex player to reach 1,000 First-Class runs in a season since Bopara achieved the feat in 2008. He brought up the milestone on day four of the match against Leicestershire during a career best knock of 151* in the second innings.[citation needed]

He continued his fine form the following winter playing 1st grade cricket in Australia for Mosman CC, scoring a double century (206) that beat the previous highest score by an English batsman in 1st grade cricket, but fell just short of breaking the Australian record of 210 in a 1st grade game.[citation needed]

Upon his return to county cricket in 2016 he struck 87 in the first innings against Cambridge University followed by 100 in the second innings. In the first county division 2 game of the season he helped Essex to a 10-wicket win over Gloucestershire with a second innings 55* not out.[citation needed]

In the Championship match versus Derbyshire in May 2016, he scored his maiden first class double century, finally falling for 255.

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