Church set up a Worsley Cup semi-final home clash with Nelson after a nailbiting last over victory at Haslingden on Saturday.
It was harder work at the end than it ought to have been as wickets tumbled with the finishing line in sight.
But Craig Fergusson’s men deserved the win for showing greater strength in depth as Sam Tucker and Adam Greenwood came good at the end with just four balls and two wickets left.
Wicketkeeper Tucker admitted there was a tense atmosphere at Bentgate.
"It was a nervous conclusion to what had been a relatively comfortable run chase, but as our supporters will tell you, we like to keep it exciting.
"I thought Adam Greenwood held his nerve well to hit a couple of decisive boundaries at the death to get us over the line with four balls to spare.
"Credit must go to Haslingden for the manner in which they fought back to nearly deny us our place in the semi-final.
"We are now relishing the prospect of a home semi-final against Nelson in three weeks ‘time where we look forward to welcoming ex-professional Luke Woodcock back to the club.
"Luke is a popular figure following his two years at the club and is held in high regard among the players and supporters.
"He is a quality player who is full of confidence at the moment and we will be wary of his ability to take the game away from the opposition with both bat and bowl as we saw on many occasions during his time at the club.
"But these are the games I really look forward to playing in, a Worsley Cup semi-final home tie with two high calibre professionals in Saeed Anwar juniorr and Luke Woodcock, with a cup final at stake.
"I’m sure it will be a great contest.
"We got to the semi-final with Luke in 2009, only to be defeated by Ramsbottom so we are really keen to go one better and compete in the final of this year’s competition."
However Tucker’s heroics came at a cost.
"I’m bitterly disappointed to have picked up a thumb injury while sub fielding.
"It was a bit of a freak injury as I managed to get my thumb stuck in the turf while diving for a ball.
"It’s quite ironic considering I have spent over 10 years behind the stumps without any major problems!
"It is going to be difficult watching from the sidelines for the next few weeks but I am hoping to be fully fit for the semi-final."
Haslingden won the toss and batted and, after Levi Wolfenden removed Sam Kershaw, captain Graham Knowles and Lee Ingham took the score to 61 before Knowles was run out.
Mohammed Jamil, excellent with the ball once again, then bowled Ingham but Phil Hayes and Mohsin Imtiaz put together a partnership of 69 which was ended when Wolfenden induced a loose drive from Imtiaz straight to Anwar.
Wolfenden got rid of Jack Taylor and Muneeb Ahmed but Hayes stood firm as wickets fell at the other end to steer Haslingden to 222 for nine, his unbeaten 75 occupying more than two hours and 93 balls.
Jamil took two for 29 and Anwar two for 28 in tight spells while Wolfenden took four for 62.
Wolfenden and Fergusson, obviously looking to hit himself out of a poor run from the off, set out at a cracking pace racking up 50 by the ninth over as occasional bowler Ahmed, opening up but very much the fifth bowler for the home side, came in for some stick.
But Jake Neary, bowling a fine spell at the other end, got rid of both in quick succession, Fergusson for 34 off 40 balls with a six and four boundaries.
There was no panic however as Anwar and Nasser Hussain added 64 and even when Hussain was caught brilliantly by Lee Ingham in the outfield for a sparkling 37, Jamil joined the patient Anwar and the pair took the total to within 36 of victory.
Knowles recalled Neary with wickets a must and he was given a favourable leg before decision against Anwar who had looked rock solid in making 44.
Jamil, two short of a 50, then gave Imtiaz a catch at deep square leg off a rank Eddie Shah long-hop and, when Phil Howard fell to Ahmed, it was very much game on at 196 for six.
With 16 still needed, Menazar Mehmood was tempted out by Shah and Neary bowled Philip Gilrane round his legs.
Andrew Bentley was adjudged leg before to Ahmed but not before a crucial overthrown five leg byes had boosted Church’s total.
Adam Greenwood drove Imtiaz for four off the second ball of the last over to finally complete Church’s win.
ENFIELD were gutted after a narrow cup loss against last year’s finalists Ramsbottom at Acrebottom.
The Rams set a target of 228 with their pro Shanan Stewart top-scoring with 76.
Enfield started well in reply with Ash Gowers (25) and Asif Fazal (27) putting 51 runs on the board.
Pro Werner Coetsee was out for 10 but captain Adam Bracewell’s 45, along with Joe Wrigley’s 41, took them to 177-3 and in a good position with the sizeable Ramsbottom crowd getting nervy.
But bowler Simon Read calmed any fears as he then took four wickets for just four runs and the over-rate kept going up before Read finished off the tail, ending with seven wickets and finishing Enfield’s cup hopes for this season.
It was always going to be mission impossible for Rishton’s young side against Todmorden in the second round of the cup and, in the end, they were soundly beaten.
Captain Jimmy Bibby’s wedding meant they were missing a large chunk of their team and, when sub pro Roy Silva was out for a duck, their main hope was gone.
Rishton were skittled out for just 36 and Todmorden had no problem polishing off the runs by 3pm for a ten- wicket victory.