Full name Nicholas Laurence Joseph Browne
Born March 24, 1991, Leytonstone, Essex
Current age 28 years 29 days
Major teams Essex, Essex 2nd XI, Essex Under-13s, Essex Under-15s, Essex Under-17s
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Education Trinity College, Essex
|First-class debut||Worcestershire v Essex at Worcester, May 28-31, 2013 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Surrey v Essex at The Oval, Apr 11-14, 2019 scorecard|
|List A debut||Essex v Lancashire at Chelmsford, Jul 27, 2015 scorecard|
|Last List A||Glamorgan v Essex at Cardiff, May 7, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Hampshire v Essex at Southampton, May 15, 2015 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Nottinghamshire v Essex at Nottingham, Aug 8, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|9||Essex||v Surrey||The Oval||11 Apr 2019||FC|
|1, 7||Essex||v Hampshire||Southampton||5 Apr 2019||FC|
|8, 98||Essex||v Cambs MCCU||Cambridge||26 Mar 2019||FC|
|2, 12||Essex||v Surrey||The Oval||24 Sep 2018||FC|
|5||Essex||v Worcs||Chelmsford||18 Sep 2018||FC|
|24, 11||Essex||v Notts||Nottingham||10 Sep 2018||FC|
|7, 21||Essex||v Surrey||Chelmsford||4 Sep 2018||FC|
|9, 0/4||Essex||v Hampshire||Chelmsford||29 Aug 2018||FC|
|13, 86||Essex||v Somerset||Taunton||19 Aug 2018||FC|
|2, 23||Essex 2nd XI||v Surr 2nd XI||New Malden||13 Aug 2018||Other|
Nick Browne, a tall, watchful left-hander with the ability to grow into an innings, came to prominence in 2015 when he was one of the few successes in an Essex season that ultimately led to the removal of Paul Grayson as coach. He made six first-class centuries as he added his name to the long list of contenders urged by the England coach, Trevor Bayliss, to make an unanswerable claim to an England place in county cricket. He finished the season on a high - a career-best 151 not out against Leicestershire (albeit Division Two's bottom club). His 1,157 first-class runs represented the first time an Essex batsman had passed 1,000 since Ravi Bopara in 2008.
Browne's form stretched into the close season as he became the first English cricketer to score a double century in Sydney First Grade - his 206 for Mosman against Sydney University breaking the previous best of 194 by former England captain Mike Gatting for Balmain against Central Cumberland, some 36 years earlier.
His form was patchier in 2016, although he did make 1,000 runs at a healthy average of 47, boosted by a career-best 255 against Derbyshire, one of two doubles he made against them that promotion season. Indeed, double centuries became something of a speciality - he made it three doubles in a row the following summer, this time against Middlesex at Chelmsford, joining Alastair Cook in an Essex record opening stand of 373. Essex were by now back in Division One of the Championship and the top-order resilience of Cook and Browne helped them settle into a season in which they went on to win the title.
Browne had made his first-team debut in 2013, playing in three Championship matches. The following season, he took his chance at opener and in the process made history, becoming the first Essex player to score two unbeaten hundreds in a Championship match, with Derbyshire the victims yet again, this time at Chesterfield. Those were his first two tons - on only his seventh senior appearance.