December 13 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 5, 2013
South Woodford cricketer Nick Browne helped Essex to an eight-wicket County Championship winover Worcestershire, and hopes that can be the start of something special.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed a stellar few weeks in the second team and for club side South Woodford, and he got his chance this week at the top of the Essex order in their Division Two match at Chelmsford.
And although the first innings didn’t go to plan, as he was out for a duck after a defensive shot from an Alan Richardson delivery rolled back on to the stumps and dislodged a bail, he helped see Essex over the line in the second innings.
They were only chasing 51 runs for victory but the 22-year-old hit a boundary to seal the victory and end unbeaten on 22.
And the South Woodford man was pleased to get in the runs after previous disappointment in the first team.
“It was fantastic,” said Browne. “I only got 22 but it was brilliant to get us over the line. To be in a winning dressing room was sensational.”
Now he hopes he can transfer his second XI form, which has seen him hit 619 runs in seven innings, into the first team.
“It has been a good year, unfortunately I haven’t scored the amount of runs in the first team that I would have liked but there are a lot of great players who haven’t started well in their career.
“I have just got to keep on believing that and I have done well in the second team. I have felt my game has come a long way since last year.”
He added: “You face bowlers like Richardson and when I played against Leicestershire Hoggard and he was a world class bowler.
“You don’t get that in the second team. Getting through that new ball is tough in both standards. In the second team you get that let up after the new ball and here you don’t. It was so nice to get through the new ball there and bat for 18 overs. It was really satisfying.”