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Somerset v Essex, Specsavers Championship Division One, Taunton

Nick Browne and Tom Westley give Essex chance to control own destiny

Aug 21, 2018: The defending champions made sizeable inroads into a demanding chase, but still face the prospect of combatting Jack Leach and Dom Bess on the final day

Matt Roller at Taunton

County news

'This makes up for all the years of struggle' - Ryan ten Doeschate on Essex glory

Sep 15, 2017: Essex knew the Championship was theirs last night and it was confirmed as they drove down the motorway back to Chelmsford where they were greeted by supporters and started to reflect on what the title means

Alan Gardner at Chelmsford

Essex v Somerset, Specsavers Championship, Divison One, Chelmsford, 2nd day

Browne's fortitude guides Essex through grim day

Aug 29, 2017: Essex rediscovered the grit that has taken them to the top of Division One under cheerless Chelmsford skies

Tim Wigmore at Chelmsford

Essex v Warwickshire, Specsavers Championship Div One, Chelmsford, Day 1

Browne's perspiration brings hard-earned reward

Jun 19, 2017: On the same pitch where 743 runs were scored in one of the greatest run-fests in domestic cricket history, three days later Essex staunchly committed themselves to a day of unremitting toil on a soporific summer's day

David Hopps at Chelmsford

Surrey v Essex, Specsavers Championship Div One, Guildford, 4th day

Westley century powers Essex to the summit

Jun 12, 2017: Tom Westley's 108 not out, and an equally fine innings of 77 from Nick Browne, took Essex to an emphatic eight-wicket victory against Surrey at Guildford which takes them to the top of the Specsavers County Championship Division One table

ECB Reporters Network

Derbyshire vs Essex, Specsavers Championship Div 2, Derby, 2nd day

Derbyshire implode after Browne double

Aug 14, 2016: Nick Browne's unbeaten double-century provided the platform for Division Two leaders Essex to take complete control of the match against Derbyshire at Derby

ECB Reporters Network

Derbyshire vs Essex, Specsavers Championship Div 2, Derby, 1st day

Patient Browne heaps more punishment on Derbyshire

Aug 13, 2016: Something about playing against Derbyshire brings out the best in Nick Browne and the Essex opener punished his favourite opponents again on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship match

ECB Reporters Network

Essex v Sussex, Specsavers Championship Div 2, Colchester, 1st day

Archer's incisions give Essex reason to grumble

Aug 4, 2016: The late wickets of Ryan ten Doeschate and James Foster allowed Sussex a way back into the first day at Colchester

Will Macpherson at Colchester

Essex v Glamorgan, Royal London Cup, South Group, Chelmsford

Browne 99 trumps Ingram ton in Essex chase

Jul 26, 2016: Nick Browne posted his highest List A score to keep Essex top of the Royal London Cup South Group table, but the opener might have been celebrating a first 50-over hundred if he had not been run out on 99

ECB Reporters Network

Northants v Essex, Specsavers Championship Div 2, Wantage Road, 2nd day

Mickleburgh and Browne lead strong Essex reply

May 29, 2016: Jaik Mickleburgh and Nick Browne provided an opening partnership of 195 as Essex batted themselves back into the game at Wantage Road

ECB Reporters Network

Glamorgan v Essex, Specsavers Championship Div 2, Cardiff, 4th day

Browne digs in after Glamorgan opt for safety-first declaration

May 25, 2016: A game that was nicely poised going into the final day petered out into a draw as Essex successfully negotiated the 63 overs that were bowled in their second innings

ECB Reporters Network

Essex v Derbyshire, Specsavers Championship Div 2, Chelmsford, 2nd day

Browne and Lawrence underline Essex's batting talent

May 16, 2016: Derbyshire face two tricky days at the crease if they are to prevent Essex extending their lead at the top of the Specsavers County Championship Division Two

ECB Reporters Network

Essex v Derbs, Specsavers Championship, Div Two, Chelmsford, 1st day

Browne provides ballast as Essex make hay

May 15, 2016: Nick Browne rediscovered the form that brought him five centuries last season as he anchored Essex's innings at Chelmsford

ECB Reporters Network

County news

Browne's 206 sets new heights for English batsman in Sydney Grade

Nov 23, 2015: Essex rising star Nick Browne heartened English county professionals who have ever experienced the hardsh glare of Sydney Grade cricket by striking a record 206 for Mossman

David Hopps

Leicestershire v Essex, LV= Championship, Grace Road, 4th day

Browne's best leaves Foxes blue

Sep 17, 2015: An outstanding unbeaten career-best 151 from opener Nick Browne, during which he passed 1,000 championship runs for the season, helped Essex to victory over Leicestershire at Grace Road


Essex v Surrey, LV= Championship, Division Two, Colchester, 1st day

Pettini and Browne lift patched-up Essex

Aug 7, 2015: Colchester claims to be the oldest town in Britain. Mark Pettini is not an old man but, on his 32nd birthday, he relished Essex's Championship return to the salubrious Castle Park. It might well be the day that reinvigorates Pettini's first-class career

Tim Wigmore at Colchester

Hampshire v Essex, Royal London Cup, Group B, Southampton

Essex top order seal efficient chase

Aug 4, 2015: Essex batsmen Mark Pettini, Nick Browne and Tom Westley all scored fifties as the Eagles eased to a six-wicket win against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.


Essex v Glamorgan, LV= County Championship Div Two, Chelmsford, 3rd day

Browne ton leaves Glamorgan fight for draw

Jul 14, 2015: Glamorgan go into the final day at Chelmsford facing a massive task to avoid their first defeat of the season


Surrey v Essex, LV= Championship, Division 2, Kia Oval, 2nd day

Browne shows up Surrey shortcomings

Apr 27, 2015: The England captain has not scored a Test century for 23 months. So perhaps it is reassuring to know that the production of Essex opening batsmen remains in fine working order

Tim Wigmore at The Oval

Essex 2015 preview

Essex troubled by run of near misses

Mar 31, 2015: ESPNcricinfo assesses Essex's prospects for 2015

Alan Gardner
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