WARRINGTON Cricket Club continued their promotion bid on Saturday – but they had to do it the hard way.

Chasing 180 for victory against Christleton, they were cruising at 140-4 but collapsed to 150-8 to put them in serious trouble.

Fortunately, however, Jamie Bye stayed in and steered the tail expertly. He finished unbeaten on 52 as Warrington squeaked home by just one wicket.

Ashley Scholes had earlier starred with the ball, taking seven wickets in a devastating spell of quick bowling.

The seconds boosted their own promotion chances in a ball-dominated affair at Walton Lea that saw them bowl Sale out for just 79, with Raj Soni starring with 4-13.

However, wickets went down regularly in reply but 21 from Harley Barratt and 20 not out from Nanda Prashant saw Warrington home by two wickets.

The thirds batted superbly to chase down 157 for an eight-wicket victory over Middlewich while the fourths were outplayed by Rostherne, being dismissed for 92 in pursuit of 164 for victory.