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Essex go Dutch again as skipper signs new deal

Essex County Championship captain Ryan ten Doeschate has extended his contract with the club Credit: Press Association

County Championship captain Ryan ten Doeschate has committed his future to Essex after signing a one-year contract extension.

The 36-year-old's deal will now run until the end of the 2018 season.

After a fine season in all competitions, ten Doeschate reached 1000 County Championship runs for the campaign and scored the runs that clinched promotion.

The former Dutch international was happy to extend his time in Chelmsford and said:

"My affinity with the club has grown throughout my time with Essex. I have thoroughly enjoyed leading this talented squad in the County Championship and hope we can continue to be successful over the next couple of years.

Helping this team to Division One was the perfect way to cap off an excellent season."

– Ryan ten Doeschate

Region's athletes continue to impress in Rio

Records broken and medals won. The region's athletes continue to impress.

A rundown of the latest headlines from the region's athletes in Rio.


Libby Clegg was guided to victory by Milton Keynes's Chris Clarke in the women's T11 200 metres to add to the 100 metres gold they won on Saturday September 10.

Libby Clegg and Chris Clarke Credit: PA


Norfolk's Alfie Hewitt and his partner Gordon Reid made it through to the final of the Wheelchair tennis doubles after beating Japan's Kunieda Shingo and Saida Satoshi 6-2 6-4 in Rio. It means he's guaranteed at least a silver medal in the final on Thursday September 15.

Alfie Hewitt Credit: PA


Amy Conroy from Norwich helped team GB into the semi-finals of the women's wheelchair basketball. They beat China 57-38 and will face the USA on Thursday September 15.

Amy Conroy Credit: PA


Northampton swimmer Ellie Robinson just missed out on a medal in the S6 women's 400 metres freestyle after coming 4th.

Ellie Robinson came 4th in the S6 women's 400 metres freestyle Credit: PA


Peterborough's Matt Skelhon missed out on a medal in the SH1 mixed 50m Rifle Prone shooting final but did set a Paralympic record during qualifying.

Peterborough's Matt Skelhon set a new Paralympic record in the qualifying round in the 10m shooting Credit: PA


Applegate disappointed despite winning Paralympic silver

Jessica-Jane Applegate won silver in Rio. Credit: PA

Great Yarmouth swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate has picked up her second medal of the Paralympics after winning silver in the S14 200m freestyle.

The 20-year-old was visibly disappointed after the race though as she struggled to come to terms with the fact that she had lost the title she won in London four years ago to British teammate Bethany Firth.

Despite that, the silver was still a great achievement for Applegate who is still recovering from injury.

Applegate, who has Asperger syndrome, also claimed bronze in the 100 metre backstroke on Thursday.

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Double gold for Cambridgeshire's Cundy as Paralympics GB win more medals

Great Britain's Jon-Allan Butterworth, Jody Cundy and Louis Rolfe (right) celebrate with their gold medals after winning the Mixed C1-5 750m Team Sprint Final during the fourth day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Cambridgeshire track cyclist Jody Cundy made it a Paralympics games to remember by winning a second gold on the final day of action in the velodrome.

The 37 year old amputee from Walpole St Andrew near Wisbech helped Britain set a new world record in the final of the 750 metre C1-5 Mixed Team Sprint. Also in the team was 19 year old Louis Rolfe from Cambridge.

At one stage they looked to be heading for defeat against China, but Cundy rode a stunning final lap to claim victory in 48.635 seconds.

Cundy now has seven Paralympic gold medals while Rolfe, competing in his first games, adds a gold to his bronze won in the 3,000 metre C2 Individual Pursuit.

Great Britain's Grace Clough (bow), Daniel Brown, Pamela Relph, James Fox and James Oliver (cox) in the LTA Mixed Coxed Four - LTAMix4+ Final A at the Lagoa Stadium during the fourth day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games Credit: Thomas Lovelock for OIS/PA Wire/Press Association Images

James Fox from Cambridge and Ollie James from Stevenage celebrated another gold in Rio.

The pair were part of the winning British crew in the Mixed Coxed Fours, the final event of the Paralympics rowing regatta.

Fox, who was classified into para-rowing because of a congenital ankle condition was accompanied by Grace Clough, Pamala Relph and Dan Brown, with the boat coxed by James.

They finished ahead of the USA and Canada to retain the title won by Paralympics GB in London four years ago.

Great Britain's Lauren Steadman celebrates on the podium after winning a silver medal in the Women's PT4 Triathlon during the fourth day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Peterborough's Lauren Steadman made history by winning Britain's first medal in the women's Para Triathlon. The 23 year old, who was born without a right forearm, competed in the last two games as a swimmer.

She was undefeated in triathlon for more than two years before going into Sunday's event in Rio. But Lauren had to settle for silver after finishing behind Grace Norman of the United States in the PT4 category.


Golds keep coming for ParalympicsGB

Milton Keynes athlete Chris Clarke, the guide runner for blind sprinter Libby Clegg win Gold in the Women's T11 100 metres.

The pair won the race in a photo finish, winning in 11.96 secs - just two 100ths of a second ahead of the Chinese athlete Guohua Zhou and her guide Dengpu Jia.

Teen swimmer takes Gold for ParalympicsGB

Teenage swimmer Ellie Robinson kept the ParalympicsGB Gold Rush going with a dominant display in the pool.

The 15-year-old from Northampton was the fastest qualifier in the women's S6 50 metres butterfly.

And the youngster continued that form in the final- storming to a Paralympic record of 35.58 seconds.

Speaking after the race she told Channel 4 she couldn't believe she'd won:

"I keep looking round to check, Oh My God it's so weird. I gave it everything I just maxed it and put everything I'd done into training into that race."

– Ellie Robinson

Cundy powers to Paralympic gold

Jody Cundy Credit: PA Images

Cambridgeshre's Jody Cundy overcame his disappointment of missing out on a medal in London to take Gold in the C4 1K time trial.

Cundy who's from Wisbech powered home in a new Paralympic record.

Swardeston cricket team look ahead to national club final

Video report by ITV Anglia's Donovan Blake

Swardeston Cricket team, on the outskirts of Norwich, look ahead to the National club final in just over a week.

After claiming a league and cup double for this region, they're already halfway towards a national double after winning the NatWest T-20 Club competition earlier this week.

After defending their East Anglian Premier League title for a fifth year in a row, Swardeston won Norfolk's main one-day competition the Carter Cup last weekend. Then came Tuesday's T-20 triumph, beating local side Sandiacre in the final.

The trophy haul has been generated with a tight squad, including some players who represent Norfolk at Minor Counties level, but are mostly home produced.

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