WITHAM Cricket Club captain Jake Wakelin said their eighth consecutive Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship division one victory was one that he had come to expect from his high-flying side.

A consistent factor in Witham's rise to the top of the division table has been the way that everyone in the team has made significant contributions and their three-wicket victory at reigning champions Worlington last weekend was no exception.

It has teed Wakelin's team up for a showdown against second-placed Wivenhoe on Saturday and he was delighted to see another all-round team display.

"It was another Witham performance really," said Wakelin.

"There were different people chipping in and that's what we doing each week."

Witham's latest win was built on the back of a strong bowling and fielding show as Carl Bragg took four for 21, Greg Stephens three for 32 and Shaun Bragg two for 29 as Worlington were kept to 179 for nine from their 45 overs.

Wakelin said Witham felt that was an under par total and that proved the case as they chased it down inside 34 overs, with contributions coming down the batting line-up, although Ken McClure top scored with 43.

The Witham skipper said: "We bowled first and Shaun Bragg, Carl Bragg and Greg Stephens led the way with the wickets, while myself and Ken McClure bowled very tightly and there was some very good fielding.

"We did a good job and we felt that 179 was probably 30 to 40 runs short of a par score on that wicket so we were pleased at tea and barring the loss of Chris Huntington early, I don't think we were really in any danger.

"I think it was a more comfortable win that the scorecard suggests.

"We were only four down with just 15 runs needed to win and it was just a good performance from the whole team.

"If I was to be ultra-critical, maybe several people, myself included, got starts but didn't push on and convert them into a big score, but we were very pleased with how we did overall.

"Other results went our way as well and it just shows the importance of our unbeaten run, which is up to eight games now."