Cricket: Thurrock sneak it against Stock

IN reply, Thurrock were in a spot of bother at 36-3, but Laird (43*) and Ross Fullbrook (36) came together and put on an excellent partnership of 75 for the fourth wicket to take the score to 111. The runs were quickly seen off with plenty of time to spare.
Thurrock are now joint third in the Premier Division with five games of the season remaining.

Cricket: Honours even in local derby

STANFORD-le-Hope managed to cling on for a draw in this nail-biting local derby with Belhus at North Stifford. Stanford skipper Drew Robinson won the toss and inserted the home side on a green tinged wicket. It proved a wise decision as the Belhus batsman struggled against the new ball. Fourth team captain Andy Freeman, drafted in late because of a shortage of availability, immediately made an impact and was ably supported by Ben Tarten who picked up 2-50 off his 13 overs.

Athletics: Metcalf impresses in Vets 1500m

JON Metcalf, representing the Eastern Counties Veterans in the recent inter-area match, finished an excellent second in the V50 1500m. Athletes from all corners of the UK battled away for what was virtually a National Title.

Football: Aveley win four team tournament

HOSTS Aveley became the winners of the Inaugural Millers Challenge Trophy, beating East Thurrock on Saturday 4-1 & on Sunday beating Grays Athletic 2-1.

Swimming: Ross shows he is an Ironman

ROSS Wisby from Thurrock Swimming Club represented the RAF at the Inter Service Swimming Championships. His first race was 5km swim. Ross came in 1st in a time of 1hour 6mins. Not happy with just swimming the 5km, Ross competed in the 1.5km an hour and a half after his first swim! In tough conditions, he came in 1st again in a time of 22mins 13 secs.

Swimming: West impresses in Open Water champs

SEVEN swimmers from Thurrock competed at this year’s East Region Open Water Championships. The day was really nice up to the last event (5km) when the lightning struck and heavens opened. Tilly Geggus swam in a tough race and finished 2nd in Essex and 4th in the Region – missing 1st and 3rd by 0.3 secs in a 3k swim

Cricket: Thurrock outclass Little Baddow

THURROCK won a thrilling match at home to Little Baddow by 11 runs. The hosts batted first on a humid day at Blackshots and gained two batting points in their total of 178. Number nine Clarke Wren came to the crease and smashed his way to a crucial 39 which included three maximums. Ross Fullbrook (28) Umaad Sultan (26) and Matt Hills (22) also added some valuable runs.

Football: Westcarr the star as Fleet sunk by Pompey

THE highly anticipated friendly encounter between Thurrock and Portsmouth produced a memorable night at Ship Lane. A double from Pompey’s new striker, Craig Westcarr, gave the visitors the win but it was the valiant Thurrock defending that shone throughout the game.

Football: Clear out continues at Grays Athletic

IT looks like there is no room for sentiment in Grays Athletic’s new boss, Jody Brown’s regime as a number of players, old and new have been shown the door. The former captain and assistant manager, Lee Flynn, is one of several players released by the club this week

Speedway: Kent Kings are coming to Lakeside

IT IS true local derby action this Friday, 25th July, at the Arena Essex Raceway as the Vortex Hammers take on the Kent Kings in National League action.

Cricket: Belhus buckle in the heat

BELHUS won the toss and elected to bat first on a sweltering afternoon in North Stifford. The wicket offered significant assistance to the fives bowlers during the first hour of play and the home side made a steady but sedate start to their innings. However wickets soon began to fall at regular intervals and none of the Belhus batters could impose themselves on the game.

Speedway: Lightning strikes for the Hammers

AGAINST a back drop of lightning strikes around the Arena Essex Raceway on Friday evening the Vortex Hammer dug deep to snatch a 47-43 point victory with a dramatic comeback over an Eastbourne team who were six points in the lead after ten heats.

Football: Dockers start off their pre-season

ON a warm afternoon at Lodge Avenue, Tilbury started there pre season with a 1-1 draw against an experienced Barking side. Two first half goals saw the sides share the Peter Webster Trophy for the second successive year.

Cricket: Stanford pipped by West Essex

STANFORD played host to West Essex this week and despite a creditable batting performance were left to rue a string of dropped catches as the visitors blasted their way to a seven wicket victory.

Arena Essex: Caravans of chaos hit the arena

Arena Essex’s annual Caravan race took place on Sunday with its usual brand of all out chaos erupting as soon as the green flag was waved. Ian Phillips was the first to lose his caravan as Sophie Unwin and John Golden combined to spin him on the first bend. A huge smash then ensued with […]

Thurrock athletes continue to impress at home and abroad.

THURROCK athletes have been putting in a number of impressive performances both at home and abroad. Former Grays Convent student, Jessica Judd once again went under 2 mins in a high class 800 metres at Monaco in the Diamond League. Jessica was initially disappointed with her position but once she discovered she had got under 2 mins again (1.59.92) she was delighted.

Cricket: Stanford see off Leigh

AFTER winning a crucial toss, skipper Drew Robinson invited Leigh to have a bat on a damp wicket after the recent heavy rains leading up to the game the previous week. The decision proved to be a good one as they reduced Leigh to 2 for 2 off the first 5 overs. Leigh eventually recovered to set a modest target of 162-8 off their allotted 52 overs thanks mainly to Al Lawrence (29) and Joshal Patel (37). Stanford’s bowlers were able to keep things generally tight and wickets were shared around with Adam Knight (3-36) Jack Carter (2-36) and Greg Cohen (2-68) bowling well in a staggering 26 over spell.

Speedway: Hammers looking forward to clash with Eagles

THE Vortex Hammers return to action at the Arena Essex Raceway this Friday, 18th July, with a local derby clash with the Eastbourne Eagles. The meeting will see the season’s debut of Hammers young Swede Kim Nilsson and Promoter Jon Cook is relishing the prospect of another tough meeting.

Cricket: Low score at High Roding for Thurrock

THE visitors batted first but were bowled out for only 132 from 38 overs. Top scorer Daniel Laird (39) and Danny Crow (22) were the only batsman to score anything of note. High Roding bowled very well as a unit as Travis Hussain bowled an excellent 4-33 from his 12 over spell while Mel Hussain picked up two wickets from nine overs and conceding only 10 runs.

Football: Grays Athletic thumped by impressive Chelmsford

ERRATIC goal-keeping by George Kamarusi set Chelmsford City on their way as they thumped Grays Ath 5-1 at the Melbourne Stadium. These are early days and Grays are trialling and testing a lot of players, so very little can be read into results such as this.

Athletics: Dedicated twelve impress in Southern League

A VERY depleted team of 12 athletes in total battled their way to 3rd
place in the 4th match of the Southern Athletics League Series. With 76
events to cover the 12 athletes had to work very hard indeed.

Thurrock teenager set to sign for Luton

LUTON TOWN manager John Still is reportedly closing in on signing Thurrock teenager, Mark Onyemah. Mark Onyemah one of two potential targets came through the ranks at Thurrock and the talented left back made his debut aged just 16 back in the 2012/13 season.

Football: Grays first friendly sees win against Abbey

THE Academy in Loughton played host to Jody Brown’s first game in charge of a Blues side today and with 23 players to look at, and 3 more missing for various reasons, this was a game that was never going to be about the result or the overall performance. Waltham Abbey also brought a large squad and both managers were able to get the most out of the game as Blues were able to field a different side in each half and the visitors opted for rolling substitutions. In hindsight, given the surprising sweltering conditions, it turned out to be the best possible arrangement for the players who, to a man, worked very hard in the heat.

Swimming: Thurrock shone at Inter-County champs

THREE members of Thurrock Swimming Club proudly represented the county of Essex at the recent ASA East Region Inter-County Gala held at Basildon. Martine Tran, Andrew Martindale and Jamie Speers were members of the Essex squad who competed in the long-course meet against the counties of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

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