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With the sun due to shine relentlessly on The Cloudfm County Ground for the next four days, in marked contrast to the inactivity at Headingley last week, Simon Harmer will relish the buzz of expectation that will herald his every stride to the crease.

Jamie Porter has had a tough winter, but will hope to show it was a blessing in disguise with a good showing against Lancashire this week

Patients in Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering have been trialling a new innovative new technology to help reduce the risk of patients developing diabetes.

The NHS trust responsible for Havering’s hospitals is taking part in a ground-breaking scheme hoping to encourage more black and ethnic minority candidates to apply for executive level jobs.

Awesome Andy Carroll stepped from the bench to net a late, late leveller for the Hammers at London Stadium, where he left David Moyes men seven points clear of relegation with just five games left to play.

Theatre-goers can look forward to a mix of comedy, a haunting study of grief, and the regional premiere of an award-winning musical this autumn in Hornchurch.

A Hornchurch labourer who brazenly dumped a box of building site waste in a bush next to the pavement has been handed a £200 fine and ordered to pay £550 towards clean up costs.

A new survey has revealed the often “extraordinary” lengths parents have gone to get their children into their preferred primary school.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Tracey Neville’s England won Commonwealth Games gold with a last-gasp win over world champions Australia which was reminiscent of her brothers’ Champions League win 19 years ago.

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

That England could lose the final by 44 points to Australia and emerge from their post-game huddle with beaming smiles said everything about their silver medal in the Commonwealth Games women’s basketball.

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England’s women will have a shot at netball gold at the Commonwealth Games for the first time after a thrilling semi-final win over Jamaica on the Gold Coast.

England’s men and women sprinted to 4x100m relay golds 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 women will play for Commonwealth Games gold in the basketball competition after they outplayed Canada in a 65-53 semi-final win on the Gold Coast.

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.

Graham Gooch won the County Championship title six times with Essex – as well as all other domestic trophies – during his own hugely successful playing career.

Jamie Porter was keen to make the acquaintance of Essex’s incoming Australian quick, Peter Siddle.

Cricket: Essex ready for title defence

Thursday, April 12, 2018

With the exception of Mohammad Amir – who only played two and a half games in the Championship, albeit one to devastating effect – champions Essex retain the same squad for their title defence.

The Leytonstone-born seamer claimed 75 scalps last season, but has endured some difficult moments since the title success

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 captain Alex Danson admitted her team were devastated to have lost their semi-final to New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games.

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