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Essex beat Middlesex by six wickets with four balls remaining after chasing down the home side’s victory target of 211 at a packed Lord’s on Thursday evening.

England’s hopes of winning the Hockey World Cup on home soil are over following a quarter-final defeat to defending champions the Netherlands.

England’s Laura Unsworth is looking forward to facing the Netherlands in their Vitality World Cup quarter-final at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre tonight (Thursday, 8.15pm).

Essex Eagles are set for back-to-back matches this week when the Vitality Blast campaign continues.

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

With the group stage of the World Cup in the books, how much can you remember about the opening round of games?

Essex Eagles begin their Vitality Blast campaign with two home fixtures at The Cloudfm County Ground this week, starting with a visit from the Sussex Sharks tonight (Wednesday).

Essex’s overseas recruit for the Vitality T20 Blast, Adam Zampa, has spent five weeks acclimatising to English conditions, immersing himself in the local club scene, getting to know his new team-mates, and acquiring a taste for Guinness.

Read our World Cup blog over the coming weeks. Lee Power previews the second round of matches

Read our World Cup blog over the coming weeks. Lane Dias reviews one of the early games on day 13 of the tournament

The experienced duo discussed who they think will win the 2018 World Cup recently

Read our World Cup blog over the coming weeks. Lane Dias reviews game one on day eight of the tournament

Most football fans will not know who all the singers are in the official Russia 2018 song, how to find Nizhny Novgorod or what formation Iran will use against Morocco, but there is one thing we can be sure of: there will be controVARsy.

Worcestershire paceman Josh Tongue gave another demonstration of his rich potential – and in front of ECB Player Pathway scout Geoff Arnold – as champions Essex were dismissed for 177 on day one of the Specsavers County Championship Division One clash at Blackfinch New Road.

The Monkhams Lane outfit struggled to kick on after a strong start last season, but optimism is rife ahead of the new campaign

Essex batsman Alastair Cook was pleased to get to spend to some time at the crease as their rain-affected match at Hampshire ended in a draw on Monday.

Alastair Cook began his summer with a composed half-century to allay worries over his form but missed out on three figures as Essex drew with Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

Tom Westley has the trophy, caps and scars to show for a rollercoaster year.

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.

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 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.

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