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Browne pleased to be back in the runs for Essex

PUBLISHED: 09:30 26 June 2018

Nick Browne of Essex raises his bat to celebrate reaching his fifty against Somerset (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Nick Browne of Essex raises his bat to celebrate reaching his fifty against Somerset (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Nick Browne was delighted to get back among the runs on his return to action for Essex against Somerset.

The left-handed opener scored 66 after nearly two months out, sharing 151 for the first wicket with Alastair Cook, who fell four runs short of a century.

The partnership laid a platform for the defending champions to reach 298-4 in the day-night fixture at Chelmsford and Browne said: “It was nice, good fun. It was nice to get through the new ball and to enjoy playing some good shots with ‘Cooky’.

“It was a very good. The pink ball swings a bit at the start and goes quite soft pretty quick. Just leading into lunch, and straight after, they bowled well with straight fields and we hit their fielders and that built up the pressure.

“Scoring might become a bit tougher as the game goes on, if this pink ball does continue to go soft.”

Browne had warmed up for his county return with 80 for club side South Woodford in their Essex League encounter with Wickford at the weekend, adding: “I needed to give my finger a run out to see how it was, and it went quite nicely – we got a win.”

Browne succumbed to a run-out at the non-striker’s end, when Cook saw a drive deflected into the stumps and moaned: “That’s cricket. I probably should have got back a bit quicker than that. That’s the way it goes.

“I was happy with the way I played and hopefully I can continue that in the second innings if we get another hit.

“I assume now we’ll try and get that final batting point and kick on from there and get as many as possible. Hopefully the sun can bake this wicket, and potentially it goes really dry and goes a bit up and down and we can get Simon Harmer into the game.”

Somerset’s young England spinner Dom Bess took 2-74 from 35 overs and said: “It was a bit of a slog, especially when it was sunny. The ball wasn’t doing anything, it really wasn’t.

“I think there was a little period when it did do a bit, but those balls just seem to flake away. We changed the ball three or four times before 80 overs, so it’s not great, it’s not that good a ball. With it cracking flags I don’t think it comes into effect that much.

“I think I went from the first interval right the way to about halfway through the last one. It was a long spell, but that’s what I want to do – I want to be bowling as much as I can. I feel like I can take wickets. I was quite unlucky with ten Doeschate and Rav, but that’s the sport –some go to hand, some don’t. I just love bowling.”

Of his hopes of playing for England again this summer, Bess added: “Having had a little taste of it, I want more of it. For me it has given me more motivation to go out and work harder. I was very happy with the way I bowled today, especially on a flat wicket. I’ve obviously got massive motivation, I’m still only 20, so I think it’s given me a bit more.

“But once I’m back here it’s all about Somerset. It’s not looking too far ahead, because once you look too far ahead, and you lose three or four games in your own head mentally, you’re not switched on for these games. We’re obviously in a massive fight at the top, so if we can get a couple of wins we can be straight back up there.”

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