It’s a two-horse race in the Ribblesdale Cricket League after Read’s title interests were effectively ended on Saturday.
Read were beaten by four wickets by second placed Barnoldswick, leaving them 21 points adrift of the reigning champions - who themselves are 25 points behind leaders Clitheroe.
Clitheroe notched up their 21st win of the campaign, defeating Edenfield by 101 runs at Chatburn Road.
Clitheroe had first knock and posted 171-7, with Jack Dewhurst top-scoring with 47.
Peter Dibb made an unbeaten 33, while Thomas Lord added 30 off 43 balls.
In reply, Graeme Kershaw claimed 5-20 off 12 overs, while Lord (2-15) and professional Kashif Siddique (2-34) were also among the wickets as Edenfield were all out for just 70.
Read, meanwhile, totalled 210-7 as they looked to keep their faint title hopes alive against Barnoldswick.
Number four batsman Elliott Artingstoll anchored the innings with 63, while opener Joe Marshall made 24, and Kieren Grimshaw hit 40.
However, Barlick professional Imran Khalid’s 69 helped them over the line with six wickets down, as Luke Hodgson finished unbeaten on 40. Elliot Lowes and Richard Sharples took two wickets apiece.
Clitheroe and Barnoldswick meet on August 18th.
Ribblesdale Wanderers prepared for their Ramsbottom Cup Final with a one-wicket win against Cherry Tree.
Tree were restricted to 183-7, before John Rain’s 59 helped Wanderers go into the final in a winning mood.
With the Ribble Valley poised for a clean sweep of the senior trophies, Twenty20 winners Salesbury were brought down to earth against Wanderers’ final opponents Brooksbottom.
The Ramsbottom side reached 206-9, with Red Caps professional Susantha Pradeep - who now has 58 wickets to add to his 896 runs - taking 5-49.
In reply, Salesbury were dismissed for 163, as David Brown claimed 6-57.
Salesbury’s biggest partnership as the 35 for the second wicket between Mudasser Panchbhaya (25) and Scott Wharton (44).
Peter Blackman (24) and Edward Foster (20) also got starts, but Brooksbottom won by 43 runs.
Whalley looked to be in command against bottom side Padiham, as they had their hosts at 18-5, but Nathan Whitehead’s 52 helped Padiham close on 150 all out, with wickets for Saurabh Bandekar (4-54), David Howard (2-57) and Simon Gorton (3-33).
Chris Holt took 7-56 as Whalley were bowled out for 143, despite opener and skipper Richard Lamb making 40.
On Saturday, Whalley are at Barnoldswick, Clitheroe host Oswaldtwistle, Read are at home to Earby, Salesbury entertain Cherry Tree, and Ribblesdale are at Settle.