DIVISION Two leaders Wickford made it six wins out of six after seeing off Benfleet on Saturday.

Wickford triumphed by six wickets at Woodside Park.

And skipper Charlie Phillippe was again full of praise for the performance.

“It was another great performance,” said Phillippe.

“After losing the toss and being put in the field we did well to restrict Benfleet to 211 on what was a very flat wicket.

“Ronnie Mckenna batted superbly in our chase and he was unlucky not to get to a deserved hundred.

“The rest of the boys batted well round him and saw us home comfortably.

“We’ve been on a great run and our aim is to continue playing to the high standard we have been and keep the run going for as long as possible.”

Benfleet batted first and made 211/8 with opener Joe McIver top scoring with 93.

Lian Rouse added 48 while Chirag Desai was the pick of Wickford’s bowlers as he took 3/49.

But Wickford reached the required total for the loss of just four wickets with McKenna hitting 92 and Dean Etchells scoring 44 not out to put Wickford 12 points clear at the top of the table.

Third placed Westcliff were also victorious as they beat Orsett & Thurrock by eight wickets.

Orsett made 159/9 with Adil Ali catching the eye with the ball for Westcliff as he took 4/15.

But Westcliff never looked troubled in reply with opener Peter Barnes scoring 82 not out to guide his side to victory.

Elsewhere in Division Two, Leigh on Sea slipped to sixth in the standings after suffering a 68 run defeat to Gidea Park & Romford.

Gidea Park made 242/9 with Tim Knox and Matt Wagstaff both taking three wickets each for Leigh.

But, in reply, Leigh were dismissed for 174 with Jon Edwards top scoring with 65.

Southend & EMT were also beaten and remain bottom of the table having not won so far this season.

On Saturday, Southend lost by 125 against Harlow Town at Southchurch Park. Harlow made 248/7 in their innings with Steve Hunt and Adam Hunt both taking three wickets for Southend.

However, Southend were dismissed for 123 with Joe Sibbons top scoring with 54.

In Division One, Old Southendian & Southchurch suffered a two wicket defeat at Upminster.

Old Southendian batted first and made 122 with Ahsan Yousaf top scoring with 36. But Upminster made it home for the loss of eight wickets despite the best efforts of Ahmed Khawaja (3/53) and Ashan Yousaf (3/43).

In the Premier Division, third placed Hadleigh & Thundersley were beaten by 100 runs against Wanstead & Snaresbrook.

Wanstead made 243 before Hadleigh were dismissed for 143 in reply.

Billericay suffered a five wicket defeat against Hornchurch.