Essex complete emphatic win

PUBLISHED: 13:30 13 April 2016

Essex's Nick Browne(pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

Essex's Nick Browne(pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

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Browne’s half-century leads way in chase

Essex got their County Championship Division Two campaign off to a superb start as they completed an emphatic 10-wicket win over Gloucestershire.

Needing just 59 runs to complete victory on the final morning of their four-day match at Chelmsford, they eased to their target as South Woodford’s Nick Browne and England Test captain Alastair Cook extended their unbroken opening stand to 94 runs.

Left-hander Browne, after a first innings failure, hit nine boundaries to finish unbeaten on 55, from 79 balls and Cook was 35 not out having hit five fours.

Victory saw Essex as the first county to record a win this season and they will look to build on their fine beginning when they visit Sussex at Hove in their next match, which starts on Sunday (April 17).

Scores, Gloucestershire 1st inns 262 (Roderick 88*; Porter 4-59).

Essex 1st inns 385 (Browne 1; Cook 105; Westley 121; Bopara 14; Lawrence 11; Ryder 15; ten Doeschate 4; Foster 34; Napier 33; Porter 20*; Dixon 8; Shaw 4-118; Norwell 3-81).

Gloucestershire 2nd inns 215 (Roderick 58; Taylor 74; Porter 3-53; Napier 3-36; Bopara 3-49).

Essex 2nd inns 94-0 (Cook 35*; Browne 55*).

Essex won by 10 wickets.

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