Nick Browne and Dan Lawrence rack up the runs for Essex against Derbyshire

PUBLISHED: 19:00 16 May 2016

Nick Browne in batting action for Essex (pic: TGSPHOTO)

Nick Browne in batting action for Essex (pic: TGSPHOTO)

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The hosts declare on 538-7 before dismissing both of Derbyshire's openers before the close of play

South Woodford’s Nick Browne and former Trinity High School pupil Dan Lawrence both had days to remember as Essex piled on the runs in their County Championship match with Derbyshire.

Browne scored a career best 255 while Lawrence hit a second first class century before Eagles picked up two wickets before the close of play.

For Browne it was a case of continuing where he left off overnight on 154 not out with Lawrence also determined to boost his own reputation after continuing 51 not out.

The pair quickly took Essex past the 300-mark as Derbyshire prepared themselves for another long day in the field.

Lawrence was looking extremely comfortable and began to increase the tempo of his batting and find the boundary rope regularly.

The 18-year-old helped Eagles pick up all three batting points and moved into the 90’s in the process

And the former Trinity High School pupil brought up his century shortly afterwards and reached three figures from 181 balls having hit 10 fours.

It was Lawrence’s second ton in first class cricket and it wasn’t long before another milestone was achieved.

The partnership between Browne and Essex’s number five went past 200 as they continued to pile on the runs.

But Lawrence’s innings ended when he dragged on a ball from Chesney Hughes to depart for 116 off 197 having hit 14 fours and Jesse Ryder was next in.

It failed to deter Browne, though, and he carried on with his double century now firmly within sight.

And the South Woodford batsman brought up his 200 before lunch coming off 401 balls and including 28 fours.

Essex were 415-4 at lunch with Browne 210* and Ryder eight* and hoping to pile on more runs in the second session.

It wasn’t long before two more milestones occurred with both batsmen determined to reach their first.

The New Zealand international just about did it as he reached 50 with the second ball of the 144th over and Browne managed to get up to 250 one ball later.

Unfortunately for Essex both departed quickly after the 500 was brought up as Ryder was stumped off Shav Thakor.

Browne was caught at mid-off by the same bowler and departed for a magnificent 255 to leave Eagles 506-6.

Ryan ten Doeschate and James Foster were now at the crease and given a license to have some fun.

Essex’s captain reached 15* off 13 balls while Foster smashed 17 off 10 before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Thakor.

It brought an end to the Eagles innings as they declared on 538-7 from 148.4 overs at the County Ground.

Former Oaks Park High School pupil Jamie Porter shared the new ball with debutant Aaron Beard, but neither were able to prize the opening wicket.

Graham Napier was introduced and Tom Westley had one over to try and make a breakthrough.

Porter was soon back into the attack and it was an inspired move as he bowled Billy Godleman for 43.

The Derbyshire captain and former Essex batsman played and missed to depart seven short of his half century from 62 balls.

It was proving to be one of those days for skipper ten Doeschate as his next move was to introduce Ravi Bopara.

And the Hainault & Clayhall all-rounder claimed a wicket with his third ball as he knocked back Chesney Hughes’ off stump to dismiss the opener for 37.

Derbyshire made it to close without losing any further wickets on 124-2 with Hamish Rutherford, once of Essex, 28* and Wayne Madsen alongside him on seven.

Essex 538-7 dec: Browne 255; Lawrence 116; Ryder 51; Thakor 4-107.

Derbyshire 124-2: Godleman 43; Hughes 37; Rutherford 28*; Bopara 1-12.

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