County Championship: Browne and Pettini tons boost Essex

Nick Browne
Nick Browne hit his fourth Championship century of the season
LV= County Championship Division Two, Colchester (close, day one)
Essex 323-7: Browne 116, Pettini 107; Ansari 3-80
Surrey: Yet to bat
Essex 3pts, Surrey 2 pts
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Nick Browne and Mark Pettini hit centuries to bolster Essex's first innings total on day one against Surrey at Colchester.

Opener Browne hit 16 fours in his 116 before he was bowled Surrey left-arm spinner Zafar Ansari (3-80).

Browne put on 87 with Pettini, who batted at six in his first Championship match for over a year.

Pettini collected 14 fours in his 107 and was still there at the close with the home side on 323-7.

It was his second century in successive weeks following his 126 against Warwickshire in the One-Day Cup.

Former England spin bowler Monty Panesar was named in the Essex team for the first time since April, but did not feature in the first day's play.