When record-breaking batsman SJ Erwee takes guard at the crease on Saturday, he will have only one thing in mind – hitting a fifth consecutive century for Weybridge CC.

Last weekend, the South African’s knock of 110 not only lifted Weybridge to the top of the Premier Division, it also broke the Surrey Championship record for back to back centuries.

Cheam’s Bradley Scriven hit three consecutive centuries at the beginning of the season, but Erwee surpassed that record in the weekend win over Wimbledon.

This is Erwee’s first season with Weybridge and, with a batting average of 84.67 from 11 league games, the 23-year-old is loving his stay.

“I am definitely going to for the fifth century, no doubt about it,” he said.

“To have the record is unbelieveable, I had no idea. It does not happen every day. To be honest, I don’t quite know how to react.”

The Surrey Championship has no record of consecutive centuries prior to this season, but registration secretary Virginia Edwards said: “If someone has hit more than four consecutive centuries, there is nothing in the history books.

“I’ve been doing this job for 19 years and I can’t remember anything like it, and it is something that would stick.”

Erwee, who plays for Kwazulu-Natal Inland in South Africa during the English winter, started this season with a solitary run in the defeat to Banstead, but in the past four games he has hit 110, 140, 129 not out and 116.

He said: “It is all down to hard work. This is my third year in England and I have matured as a player.

“I have been able to focus on my cricket a lot more and had the time to practice in the nets, and it has really shown.

“Weybridge is such an awesome club. I have played in Manchester and Brighton, and I never really settled.

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“But here I settled straightaway, even when the season started badly for me. People want to talk cricket at the club and you want to do your best.”

The season is shaping up to be a tight finale with Wimbledon, Weybridge and Sunbury all having held top spot in the past three weeks.

“It is going to be close, Wimbledon will give not up their title without a fight,” he said.

“But our celebrations on Saturday were huge. It was such a big result. “We have two big games coming up against Banstead (h, July 27) and Sunbury (a, August 3) – if we can get results, it is a big step forward.”