Browne bags Essex awards

PUBLISHED: 10:22 26 September 2014 | UPDATED: 10:22 26 September 2014

Nick Browne in batting action for Essex at Upminster (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Nick Browne in batting action for Essex at Upminster (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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South Woodford opener caps superb season

South Woodford’s Nick Browne walked off with two awards at Essex’s gala evening, sponsored by Shepherd Neame, last night.

The 23-year-old was named the county’s Young Player of the Year after enjoying a breakthrough summer in the County Championship Division Two campaign and also claimed the Champagne Moment of the Year prize for hitting two centuries in the same match at Derbyshire.

And the awards double came on the back of the news that left-hander Browne had signed a new contract with the county until the end of the 2016 season.

Browne made his debut against Worcestershire last year and went on to play in 11 first-class matches this year, following his back-to-back hundreds at Derby with another century in the final game of the season at Worcester this week, as Essex won by an innings and 92 runs but just missed out on promotion to Hampshire.

He told the official Essex cricket website: “I’m very happy to be at my home club for a further two years.

“It’s always been a dream to play for Essex and I’m delighted to be pursuing that dream.”

Head coach Paul Grayson added: “Nick has secured his place in the team as our opening batsman and has proven that he is an exciting talent after a number of impressive performances this season.”

Browne now averages 42.25 in first-class action for Essex and has been a prolific run scorer for the 2nd XI, hitting an unbeaten double century for them against Surrey at Charterhouse School in late July, when he put on 199 with Wanstead youngster Kishen Velani, who also struck a century in the match.

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