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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.

Course specialists are often worth following at Fakenham, one of Britain’s most charming racecourses, and Master Workman, Can Mestret and Queen Spud, all already multiple winners here, may continue that trend when the venue stages its one point-to-point of the year, the West Norfolk fixture, on Sunday, writes James Crispe.

Chris Bartrum and James Biggs of Diss are aiming for a record fourth successive victory in the Suffolk Amateur Foursomes Championship at Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.

Helen Davies achieved her two main goals following another impressive outing at the Brighton Marathon last weekend.

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.

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.

This year’s Grand National came down to a dramatic photo finish.

A Suffolk cancer survivor is to undertake a gruelling 10km obstacle course as training for a Land’s End to John O’Groats world record.

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.

Athletics correspondent Carl Marston is travelling around the region (and beyond!), running in different parkruns. This time he heads to the coast at Gorleston

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

Australian star Peter Siddle is due to make his Essex debut in their opening County Championship match against Yorkshire at Headingley tomorrow.

Bowler Katherine Rednall grabbed Suffolk’s second bronze medal of the Commonwealth Games in the triples event today, writes Paul Eddison.

Sam Byford (Ipswich) produced a second round of four under par 66 to win the scratch trophy at the annual Rushmere Vase Suffolk Golf Union order of merit tournament.

Mike Bacon takes a look back at the Masters and why Patrick Reed is no different to many of sport’s winners

Hundreds of people are all set to take part in the first ever closed road community cyling event in Bury St Edmunds which is taking place later this year.

East Bergholt’s Zoe Newson has won bronze in the women’s lightweight final at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Essex (283-4) v Cambridge MCCU – No play Sunday

Ipswich’s Hannah Martin offered up no excuses for England’s lacklustre display as the women’s hockey side lost their first match of the Commonwealth Games, to India.

A crowd of 443 lined up for the start of Suffolk’s newest parkrun event in Felixstowe.

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

Athletics correspondent Carl Marston is travelling around the region (and beyond!), running in different parkruns. This time he heads to Stevenage

The stuttering East Anglian point-to-point season has got back on track with successful meetings over the past two weeks and one positive result of the recent weather-enforced postponements is that a bumper entry of 136 horses has been received for the Essex & Suffolk fixture at Higham tomorrow, writes James Crispe

Ipswich’s George Pinner had the best seat in the house to watch his England side kick off their Commonwealth campaign in style – the goalkeeper barely having to lift a finger in the 7-0 romp past Malaysia.

Keith Deller, the former darts champion from Ipswich has paid tribute to his old rival and friend Eric Bristow, the five-time world champion, whose death was announced last night.

Hannah Martin admitted her Commonwealth Games debut could not have gone much better as England cruised to a comfortable win over South Africa in their opener, writes Ryan Walters.

In this week’s column, Nino looks back at a passionate and fruitful week working with young people

Twenty-seven long, cold weeks since they paraded the Specsavers County Championship trophy around the outfield of The Cloudfm County Ground, the Essex players were back on the same green, green grass of Chelmsford yesterday. No one was happier to be home than the leading wicket-taker in the country last season, Jamie Porter, writes Martin Smith

Suffolk have secured a ‘massive catch’ after England T20 international paceman Tymal Mills agreed to play for the county for the first time in five years, writes Nick Garnham

The start of the region’s biggest cricket league, the East Anglian Premier League, has been put back because of the bad weather.

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