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England’s hopes of winning the Hockey World Cup on home soil are over following a quarter-final defeat to defending champions the Netherlands.

England’s Laura Unsworth is looking forward to facing the Netherlands in their Vitality World Cup quarter-final at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre tonight (Thursday, 8.15pm).

Essex Eagles have a busy schedule of Vitality Blast cricket ahead with three matches in four days, starting with a trip to The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury where Kent Spitfires are the opponents on Thursday (7pm).

England will take on world number one the Netherlands in the last eight of the Vitality Women’s World Cup on Thursday, after beating South Korea in their crossover match at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre.

England’s Hollie Pearne-Webb felt they were deserving winners against Ireland in the Vitality Women’s Hockey World Cup at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre on Sunday.

England finally got the win they had been craving in their home World Cup, but they were made to wait by a dogged Ireland side before Giselle Ansley’s penalty corner found the net with less than eight minutes left.

India had to settle for a draw in their tour match with Essex after rain forced the game to be abandoned at Chelmsford.

Brentwood captain Aaron West says next four fixtures are make or break if they want to win the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division title.

A special needs teacher from Romford has been recognised with an award for her volunteer work that has led to the creation of an international charity.

India’s batsmen got some vital red-ball practice in the middle in their tour match with county champions Essex at Chelmsford.

Captain Alex Danson netted her 62nd England goal on her 200th appearance for her country as the USA held the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup hosts to a draw at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre on Wednesday night.

Large crowds are expected at The Cloudfm County Ground over the next three days when Essex meet the world’s number one Test playing nation, India, in a three-day friendly match.

A late strike from Lily Owsley saw England come from behind to grab a point in their Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup opener with India.

A junior choir from India were thrilled to the UK, entertaining music lovers and enjoying the sites of London.

The RAF’s next generation are playing a vital role in the service’s 100th anniversary celebrations.

England have named their 18-strong squad that will compete at the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup on home soil in London between July, 21 and August, 5.

As the weather heats up, local historian Prof Ged Martin discovers Essex has two reptile legends

A doctor who works at Queen’s Hospital in Rom Valley Way helped save the life of a passenger on a recent flight to London.

A former department store window display manager dubbed “Basher Buckle” for his boxing skill remains a knockout after celebrating his 100th birthday.

England’s men followed in the footsteps of the women’s team by beating India to claim bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

England’s women bounced back from their semi-final penalty shuffles heartbreak to bag a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games.

England’s hockey men were left to battle for bronze after being edged out by hosts Australia in their semi-final at the Commonwealth Games.

Over 100 schoolchildren from east London clubs were at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre with four Olympic gold medalists to celebrate the 100-day countdown until the start of the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup.

Former Essex and England captain Graham Gooch says members of the current squad can force their way into the national team this season, writes Lee Power.

England’s women face a battle for the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia on Saturday after suffering penalty shuffles heartbreak in their semi-final.

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