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Romford Boxing Club’s first show of the season proved to be a successful one for two of their fighters in action at the North Romford Community Centre, writes Lee Power.

Oliver Simmonds was ten when his father, the Reverend Frederick Simmonds, was appointed Romford’s Congregational Church minister in 1908.

Michael Pepper was playing the sixth hole at the Gog Magog golf course in Cambridge when he received a call to hurry back to The CloudFM County Ground: Adam Wheater had damaged his shoulder and Pepper was required to stand in behind the stumps.

Peter Siddle helped Essex tighten their stranglehold over Hampshire as he claimed two second-innings wickets after the follow-on was enforced at Chelmsford.

Dagenham & Redbridge are in advanced talks with American investors and the full terms of the agreement are still being finalised.

Coopers’ Company and Coborn School achieved its best A-level results in 15 years this week, and it’s no surprise its teachers are “extremely happy”

While the senior Essex team have endured a summer of recurring travails, most notably in a parlous Vitality Blast campaign, the fortunes of the second eleven have been in stark contrast: they stand on the threshold of the County Championship-T20 double.

The headteacher of a Hornchurch secondary school has revealed how she hopes a number of small changes to the average school day will add up to big results for her pupils’ futures.

Bower Park Academy’s under-15 handball teams are looking for sponsorship for next month’s National finals.

A leading UK home builder has launched the final phase of apartments and penthouses in a parkland setting, as figures suggest the new Elizabeth Line is making Harold Wood more attractive for first-time buyers.

Nick Browne’s eyes light up when he contemplates Essex’s three-day warm-up match against Cambridge MCCU, starting today at Fenner’s.

The Crow Lane head coach has called on his players to give everything against Saturday’s Cambridge-based opponents with so much at stake

The 42-year-old discussed the importance of getting the group together in Barbados and why he won’t change too much after replacing Chris Silverwood

An adventurer’s efforts to bring wild cat racing to Romford Greyhound Stadium was not a success, as Prof Ged Martin explains

Barking Sporthouse will host four Premier League matches in a festival of handball this weekend.

Park were looking to end their wait for an away win last weekend, but suffered a 29-14 loss away to struggling Cantabrigian

Essex club haven’t won on the road since February 11 when they defeated Holt 15-10, but will aim to bring poor away form to a halt this weekend

I hope you all had a good Christmas - as usual, after all that planning, it’s over in the blink of an eye.

Head coach Jordan Wigham confident Crow Lane club can build on narrow victory over Chelmsford when they travel to Cambridge this weekend

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