Mark Pettini's century guides Essex Eagles to victory over Worcestershire Rapids in Royal London One-Day Cup

Halstead Gazette:

6:06pm Sunday 27th July 2014

AN undefeated 102 by Mark Pettini guided Essex to a winning start against Worcestershire as two rusty teams re-embraced the concept of 50-over cricket in the Royal London One-Day Cup at New Road.

Vose scores twice as U's beat Daggers

Halstead Gazette: County chance - Dominic Vose will feature for Colchester United in their essex Senior Cup tie against Billericay Town tonight (kick-off 7.45pm). Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

4:37pm Saturday 26th July 2014

Dominic Vose scored twice as Colchester United won 4-3 at Dagenham and Redbridge in their latest pre-season friendly.

Essex to face Birmingham in T20 Blast quarter-finals

Halstead Gazette:

10:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

ESSEX will face the Birmingham Bears at Chelmsford in the quarter-finals of the T20 Blast on Saturday.

Yet more qualifying success for amazing Alex

Halstead Gazette: Alex Lynn. Picture: Malcolm Griffiths GP3 Series Media

9:34am Saturday 26th July 2014

Alex Lynn held his nerve at the Hungaroring to keep his remarkable run of GP3 Series qualifying successes going.

Halstead must focus on the job in hand

Halstead Gazette: Josh Wells scored 98 as Halstead beat Frinton seconds last weekend.

9:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

Halstead Cricket Club’s players know they can’t let their minds wander to their big forthcoming game against Frinton seconds as they have a job to do against Exning first.

Luke Wright's record-breaking 153 leaves Essex shell-shocked

Halstead Gazette:

8:16am Saturday 26th July 2014

LUKE Wright produced an incredible innings as he smashed an unbeaten 153 from 66 balls to lead Sussex to a seven-wicket triumph over a shell-shocked Essex side at Chelmsford.

Duo return from injury as U's draw their friendly with Dover

Halstead Gazette: Bright young thing - Sammie Szmodics is one of a number of young players to feature in Colchester United's first team this season. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

10:52pm Friday 25th July 2014

Sanchez Watt and Jabo Ibehre both returned from injury as Colchester United played out a 2-2 draw with Conference Premier side Dover Athletic in their latest pre-season friendly.

Witham basketball ace shines on the regional stage

Halstead Gazette:

4:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

Jess Hopkins has taken her basketball progression beyond county level and on to the regional stage as she helped take the East of England side to victory in an inter-regional tournament at Lilleshall.

Braintree are optimistic ahead of the start of the season

Halstead Gazette: Hendon seal home success

3:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

Braintree Rugby Club are looking forward to playing competitive games again after an encouraging start to their pre-season preparations.

Dunne wants to test psychology of U's squad

Halstead Gazette: Up for the battle - Colchester United boss Joe Dunne knows how important his side's crunch game against Tranmere Rovers is tomorrow. Picture: WARREN PAGE

1:49pm Friday 25th July 2014

Colchester United will take the unusual step of staying overnight for a friendly match when they play Dover Athletic this evening.

Town boss pleased to have kept squad together

Halstead Gazette: James Stevens. Picture: JIM PURTILL

11:00am Friday 25th July 2014

Garry Kimble is pleased to have kept the core of his Witham Town squad together as they continue building towards their first-ever season in the Ryman League premier division.

Big weekend in store for Colchester and East Essex

Halstead Gazette:

11:00am Friday 25th July 2014

Colchester and East Essex Cricket Club are gearing up for one of the most important weekends of their season.

Injury concerns may lead to additional pre-season game for Braintree

Halstead Gazette: Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire. Picture STEVE ARGENT

9:00am Friday 25th July 2014

Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire has said he may look to add an additional pre-season fixture to his team’s list of summer games to give some of his players more of a chance to gain match fitness.

Ambrose open to U's deal

Halstead Gazette:

8:00am Friday 25th July 2014

Darren Ambrose says he would consider a move to Colchester United if an offer came his way.

Gilbey sidelined by shin injury

Halstead Gazette:

3:21pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Joe Dunne has revealed Alex Gilbey needed stitches after limping out of Colchester United's pre-season friendly against Ipswich Town last night.

Ravi Bopara named in England Lions squad for triangular series

Halstead Gazette:

12:31pm Thursday 24th July 2014

ESSEX’S Ravi Bopara has been named in the England Lions triangular series against New Zealand A and Sri Lanka A next month.

U's boss Dunne is coy on possible Ambrose signing

Halstead Gazette:

12:37pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Joe Dunne refused to be drawn on the possibility of Darren Ambrose staying for a longer spell following his surprise appearance for Colchester United against former club Ipswich Town last night.

Ambrose starts for U's in Ipswich friendly defeat

Halstead Gazette: Doubtful: Darren Ambrose could miss Palace's Championship opener on Saturday

9:18pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Darren Ambrose was a surprise inclusion in Colchester United's starting line-up for their pre-season friendly defeat at the hands of Ipswich Town tonight.

Iron may be missing players as they head to face local rivals

Halstead Gazette: Chez Isaac may be out for several weeks with knee ligament damage.

2:05pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire said he may be missing a few of his players when they travel to Chelmsford City for a pre-season friendly tonight.

U's new signings all set to start against Ipswich Town

Halstead Gazette:

10:39am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Colchester United’s quartet of summer signings are all expected to start their pre-season friendly against neighbours Ipswich Town tonight.

Ravi Bopara admits Essex didn't put enough runs on the board as they lose to Hampshire

Halstead Gazette:

10:52pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ESSEX all-rounder Ravi Bopara admitted the Eagles fell short of a defendable total as they lost their second T20 Blast match in a row.

Braintree lose but result is irrelevant on a special night for Brad

Halstead Gazette: Brad Quinton: Picture: ALAN STUCKEY

9:19pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Braintree Town lost their pre-season friendly against Ipswich Town at the Amlin Stadium as a young Suffolk side edged a 1-0 win.

Kent scores for U's in friendly defeat

Halstead Gazette:

4:51pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

An inexperienced Colchester United side were beaten 2-1 at Essex neighbours Southend United in a behind-closed-doors friendly this afternoon.

U's to take on Southend in pre-season friendly

Halstead Gazette:

8:27am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Colchester United continue their preparations for the new season when they travel to play Southend United in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Roots Hall this afternoon.

U's restructure player recruitment team

Halstead Gazette:

8:17am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Colchester United have restructured the way they recruit new players.

Ipswich Town visit as Braintree Town honour one of their greats

Halstead Gazette: Quinton positive over comeback from knee surgery

8:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Braintree Town will honour one of their greatest ever servants tonight as the Iron continue their pre-season campaign with a game against Ipswich Town.

Free Colchester United team poster in today's Daily Gazette!

Halstead Gazette:

10:00am Monday 21st July 2014

In today's Daily Gazette, don't miss your free full colour poster of Colchester United's 2014-15 squad, sporting their brand new kit.

Dunne hails summer signings at Colchester United Open Day

Halstead Gazette: On the lookout - U's manager Joe Dunne wants any new signings he makes to have the character. Picture: WARREN PAGE

7:59pm Sunday 20th July 2014

Joe Dunne spoke highly of his new signings at Colchester United's Open Day this afternoon.

Gloucestershire dent Essex pride with shock t20 Blast victory

Halstead Gazette:

6:30pm Sunday 20th July 2014

CHRIS Dent blasted an unbeaten 55 off just 23 balls as Gloucestershire produced a shock t20 Blast victory over South Division leaders Essex by six wickets at Cheltenham.

Wraight opens the scoring as Witham secure first win

Halstead Gazette: Tom Wraight in action for Witham last season. Picture: JIM PURTILL

10:51pm Saturday 19th July 2014

Witham Town secured the first win of their pre-season campaign as they won 3-1 at Burnham Ramblers.

Lynn looking for further points accumulation after second spot at Hockenheim

Halstead Gazette: Alex Lynn. Picture: Malcolm Griffiths GP3 Series Media

10:44pm Saturday 19th July 2014

Alex Lynn admitted that his Carlin team car wasn’t at its best as he had to settle for second place in the GP3 Series feature race at Hockenheim in Germany.

Kenny is spot on as Iron beat the Shrimpers

Halstead Gazette: Kenny Davis says Braintree's recent results have helped lift them ahead of their gruelling run of Skrill Premier games. Picture: NEIL DADY

10:21pm Saturday 19th July 2014

Braintree Town won their latest pre-season friendly as League Two side Southend United were beaten 2-1 on a warm day at the Amlin Stadium.

In-form Sears scores four as Colchester thrash Leiston

Halstead Gazette: Happy - Freddie Sears (left) celebrates his goal against Coventry City. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO90351-06)

8:47pm Saturday 19th July 2014

Freddie Sears scored four times as Colchester United kept up their free-scoring pre-season with an 8-1 win at Ryman Premier side Leiston.

Halstead teenager gets a trial with the mighty FC Barcelona

Halstead Gazette:

4:00pm Saturday 19th July 2014

The name of Gilbert may one day join those of Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and Puyol if one Halstead teenager’s dreams come true in Barcelona.

Elliott gets Eastern triathlon call-up

Halstead Gazette:

2:00pm Saturday 19th July 2014

Halstead triathlete Elliot Swallow has been selected for the Triathlon England Eastern Region team for the British Triathlon Inter-Regional Championships at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham next month.

Lynn keeps stunning run of front-row form going at Hockenheim

Halstead Gazette: Alex Lynn. Picture: GP3 Series Media

10:48am Saturday 19th July 2014

Alex Lynn kept his incredible run of GP3 Series success going in Germany by booking second place in qualifying at Hockenheim.

Benterman pleased with opening part of testing Town pre-season

Halstead Gazette: Mark Benterman. Picture: STEVE ARGENT

8:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

Halstead Town manager Mark Benterman is pleased with how his team have responded to the opening part of their testing pre-season campaign.

Jesse Ryder powers Essex to victory over Glamorgan

Halstead Gazette:

9:50pm Friday 18th July 2014

HARD-HITTING Jesse Ryder scored a quickfire half-century to help Essex seal a home tie in the NatWest t20 Blast quarter-finals with a seven-wicket win over Glamorgan at Cardiff.

Central defender remains Devonshire's priority

Halstead Gazette:

5:00pm Friday 18th July 2014

Signing a new central defender remains the priority for Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire.

Top-of-the-table clash kicks-off Coggeshall's Cricket Week

Halstead Gazette: Cheating Amir flouts cricket ban in Croydon

3:00pm Friday 18th July 2014

Coggeshall Cricket Club are ready for their top-of-the-table clash with Frinton as the leading lights in the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship go head-to-head at Harefield tomorrow.

Braintree are looking for consistency to get promotion drive back on track

Halstead Gazette: Cheating Amir flouts cricket ban in Croydon

12:00pm Friday 18th July 2014

Braintree Cricket Club's players know they need to find consistency to get their Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship division two promotion campaign back on track.

Witham still need to be better starters

Halstead Gazette:

11:00am Friday 18th July 2014

Witham Cricket Club’s players need to get over their early-innings malaise if they are going to give themselves a chance of staying in the top flight of the Marsall Hatchick Two Counties Championship.

Bronze Joy for CATs sprinter at Alexander Stadium

Halstead Gazette:

11:00am Friday 18th July 2014

Colchester and Tendring Athletic Club sprinter Joy Ogunleye enhanced her flourishing reputation by winning bronze at the English Schools Track and Field Championships.

Colchester skipper Stephens praised ahead of another vital fixture

Halstead Gazette:

10:00am Friday 18th July 2014

Colchester and East Essex chairman Andrew Kennedy has hailed skipper Ben Stephens’ leadership qualities this season.

Lynn knows qualifying could hold the key at Hockenheim

Halstead Gazette:

9:00am Friday 18th July 2014

Alex Lynn knows the showdown of qualifying could go a long way to deciding his success as the GP3 Series joins the Formula One Championship in moving to Hockenheim in Germany this weekend.

Dunne wants to improve bond between U's players and fans

Halstead Gazette:

9:00am Friday 18th July 2014

Joe Dunne wants his Colchester United players to create a stronger bond with their supporters this season.

U's hit the goal trail again in Sudbury win

Halstead Gazette: Promise - Sammie Szmodics made a big impression after forcing his way into Joe Dunne's first team at Colchester United, last season.

9:44pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Colchester United chalked up another friendly win tonight when they ran out 4-1 winners over AFC Sudbury.

Paul Grayson demanding no let up as Essex Eagles chase the point needed to secure home advantage in T20 Blast quarter-finals

Halstead Gazette: Paul Grayson. PIC: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

5:06pm Thursday 17th July 2014

HEAD coach Paul Grayson is demanding no let up from his Essex Eagles team as they prepare for back-to-back T20 Blast matches this weekend.

U's set to reveal new captain

Halstead Gazette:

2:15pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Colchester United are about to unveil their new captain - with Alex Gilbey a prime candidate to lead them into battle this season.

Iron legend Brad wants to say thanks to fans at "emotional" testimonial

Halstead Gazette:

1:22pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Bradley Quinton’s days of playing for Braintree Town appear to have finally come to an end.

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