Full name Nicholas Laurence Joseph Browne
Born March 24, 1991, Leytonstone, Essex
Current age 25 years 334 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||Kent v Essex at Canterbury, Sep 20-23, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Essex v Lancashire at Chelmsford, Jul 27, 2015 scorecard|
|Last List A||Warwickshire v Essex at Birmingham, Aug 17, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Hampshire v Essex at Southampton, May 15, 2015 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Nottinghamshire v Essex at Nottingham, Aug 8, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|36, 0/8||Essex||v Kent||Canterbury||20 Sep 2016||FC|
|22, 30||Essex||v Glamorgan||Chelmsford||12 Sep 2016||FC|
|0||Essex||v Worcs||Chelmsford||31 Aug 2016||FC|
|2||Essex||v Leics||Leicester||23 Aug 2016||FC|
|39||Essex||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||17 Aug 2016||LA|
|229*||Essex||v Derbyshire||Derby||13 Aug 2016||FC|
|22||Essex||v Notts||Nottingham||8 Aug 2016||T20|
|55, 1||Essex||v Sussex||Colchester||4 Aug 2016||FC|
|-||Essex||v Gloucs||Bristol||2 Aug 2016||LA|
|79||Essex||v Middlesex||Lord's||31 Jul 2016||LA|
Nick Browne, a tall left-handed opener, 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. He took his only century off the same county later in the summer.
A tall, watchful left-hander, Browne 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.
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