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With the sun due to shine relentlessly on the Essex County Ground for the next four days, Simon Harmer will relish the buzz of expectation that will herald his every stride to the crease against Lancashire, writes Martin Smith.

Charlie Appleby further strengthened his hand in the fillies’ Classic division as Soliloquy ran out an emphatic winner of the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket, writes Keith Hamer.

2017 winner Amy Pritchard returned to the Waveney Valley to score a repeat victory in the Wolsey Road Club’s Pat Pepper Memorial 25, and this year broke the course record to boot, writes Fergus Muir.

Ipswich East Suffolk Hockey Club Ladies’ first team are celebrating promotion after seeing off old rivals Norwich City.

BAFA Division One

Colchester Gladiators 34

Wembley Stallions 26

The Colchester Gladiators kicked off their 2018 season with a hard-fought win against the newly promoted Wembley Stallions.

Dom Manthorpe is preparing to take the next steps to what he hopes will be a career as a first-class cricketer, writes Nick Garnham.

Suffolk start their preparations for the 2018 season with a T20 double-header versus Cambridge MCCU on Sunday.

In his latest column, Nino Severino shares his experiences on a trip to the world-famous All England Club at Wimbledon.

Mildenberger won a dramatic feature race, the bet365 Feilden Stakes, at Newmarket at the first meeting of the season today.

There’s never a dull day covering Ipswich Town at the moment – here’s our latest video chat as we discuss the latest names in the frame for the vacant manager’s job at Portman Road.

Eastern Counties 1

Ipswich 24

Fakenham 22

On a bright spring afternoon a feast of rugby was served up to the large crowd, watching the two top teams in the league battle it out in what was one of the finest games seen at Rushmere for several years, writes Dick Watson.

London 1 North

Colchester 81

South Woodham Ferrers 7

Colchester notched up an impressive victory, against South Woodham Ferrers scoring 13 tries to the visitors’ solitary effort, writes Steve Whiteman.

London 3 East

Woodbridge Warriors 21

Ely 26

This last league match of 2017/18 re-acquainted contestants from the first, the tight 5-5 draw in torrential rain and lightning at Ely, writes Simon Ballard.

London 2 North

Rochford Hundred 31

Sudbury 17

Sudbury lost their final league game of the season when they travelled to league champions, undefeated Rochford.

London 3 East

Wisbech 26

Southwold 38

Southwold claimed a bonus-point win at Wisbech, but will have to settle for a promotion-deciding play-off clash with Millwall after finishing as league runners-up to Stowmarket.

NBL Division Two play-off semi-final

Ipswich 76

Sevenoaks Suns 60

The unbeaten Ipswich Women advanced to the NBL Division Two play-off final with a comprehensive 76-60 win against a very talented Sevenoaks Suns squad.

In his latest column, Karl Fuller looks at the reaction to Mick McCarthy leaving Ipswich Town – and the numerous pundits and fans who have lined up to criticise supporters of the Blues as a result.

Thurlow Premier

Saffron Walden Town 1

Stowmarket Town 5

Josh Mayhew scored a hat-trick to break the Thurlow Nunn League goalscoring record as Stowmarket Town thrashed Saffron Walden Town 5-1 at Catons Lane, writes Alex Moss.

Thurlow Nunn Premier

Ely City 0

Felixstowe and Walton United 3

Sometimes you have to win ugly, and this was one of those days at a venue that has rarely been a happy hunting ground for the Seasiders, writes Barry Grossmith.

Bostik North

AFC Sudbury 1

Ware 3

Mid-table Sudbury failed to build on recent victories over Cheshunt and Hertford as their lowly visitors took the points to all but secure a place in the division for another season.

Sometimes, football is about more than just the result. On occasions, it’s about the beginning of a rebuilding process, and the healing of wounds, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

Bostik Premier

Leiston 2

Burgess Hill Town 0

The Blues started the match with an unchanged starting 11 after the win against Harrow Borough on Tuesday night.

National League South

Braintree Town 2

Concord Rangers 1

It took a dramatic winning goal in the 98th minute to give the Iron three vital points to boost their play-off chances in a thrilling game that left Iron manager Brad Quinton physically and mentally drained.

The sense of deja vu was palpable when Suffolk stars Harry Martin and George Pinner followed the former’s sister Hannah in securing a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games, writes Phil Jones.

Ipswich Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins admits it has been a tough start to the season for his side but is not worried after a 54-35 defeat at Lakeside in the Championship Shield on Friday, writes Henry Chard.

Suffolk’s MMA prodigy Arnold Allen is planning to change the habit of a lifetime if he gets a win in his next fight at the much-hyped UFC Liverpool event next month.

Katy Sealy nursed herself through her second Commonwealth Games appearance and just failed to deliver on her top ten target, writes James Toney.

After a wet start to April has seen both the opening home fixtures for the Mildenhall Fen Tigers called off, everyone involved with the club is hoping that finally the season can get underway as they welcome the Plymouth Devils to West Row tomorrow, writes Phil Kirk.

A very healthy entry of 108 horses – more than double the size of last year’s entry – has been received for the Essex point-to-point at High Easter tomorrow.

Stowmarket Town manager Rick Andrews may try and appeal 50-goal striker Josh Mayhew’s red card, writes Alex Moss.

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