Nick Browne (cricketer)
|Full name||Nicholas Laurence Joseph Browne|
24 March 1991 |
|Bowling style||Right-arm leg break|
|Domestic team information|
|2013–present||Essex (squad no. 10)|
|First-class debut||28 May 2013 Essex v Worcestershire|
|List A debut||27 July 2015 Essex v Lancashire|
|Source: CricketArchive, 27 January 2017|
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. Making his first-class debut in May 2013 against Worcestershire, he scored 3 and took 0-59 in a rain effected draw.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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