WIDNES are ready for this Saturday's crunch home match against third-placed Toft in Cheshire County League Division One.
Widnes, who lie second, enhanced their promotion hopes with an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Warrington at Walton Gardens at the weekend.
In doing so, they secured 25 points, leaving them 28 points clear of Toft, who moved above Winnington Park.
Victory for Widnes this weekend would almost certainly ensure promotion, but a defeat would throw everything into the melting pot. Wickets are pitched at 1pm.
Captain Andrew Woods had won the toss at Warrington and asked the hosts to bat.
The early overs, bowled by Andrew Dyson and Tony Hurdley, gave little indication of the collapse that was to follow.
Once Steve Titchard replaced Hurdley, wickets began to fall on a regular basis as the Warrington batsmen played some injudicious shots.
With the introduction of Bappa Mukherjee, there was no respite for the home side.
Widnes must have thought it would be an early finish with the scoreboard reading 78-8, but the last two Warrington pairs put up spirited resistance.
They added 67 before Mukherjee bowled the last man in the 50th over.
Dyson bowled 15 overs for figures of 3-34, Titchard eight for his 3-20 and Mukherjee 17 overs, finishing on 3-43.
Phil Catterall and Tony Hurdley opened the batting for Widnes against the impressive pace of Warrington's Thompson.
Thankfully, there were no early alarms and Widnes had reached 46 before Hurdley was adjudged leg before by umpire Flanagan.
Adam Landry, unusually, took three overs to get off the mark but his emphatic sweep shot began to edge Widnes towards victory.
Catterall departed for 45 but there were to be no more successes for Warrington.
Widnes reached their target with three overs to spare and with Landry 49 not out and Steve Titchard unbeaten on 18.