County Championship: Nick Browne's 116 not out gives Essex the edge at Derby

Nick Browne
Nick Browne has made 843 runs in the Championship this summer
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Derby, day one
Essex 291-4: Browne 116*, Westley 72; Milnes 2-48
Derbyshire: Yet to bat
Essex 2 pts, Derbyshire 1 pt

Essex opener Nick Browne hit an unbeaten century as the Division Two leaders enjoyed a fine opening day with the bat at Derbyshire.

Browne lasted 282 balls for his 116 to help Essex reach 291-4 at stumps.

The 25-year-old put on 128 for the second wicket with Tom Westley before he edged Matt Critchley behind for 72.

All-rounder Ravi Bopara also made 44, with Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate set to resume with Browne on day two unbeaten on 15.