CLITHEROE fell victim to what Arbories skipper John Bushell described as Padiham’s ‘best all-round performance of the season’.
Naeem Ashraff’s side were set a target of 245, and although paid man Kashif Siddique smashed three fours and six sixes in a superb knock of 88 against his former employers, Clitheroe fell 25 runs short.
Paul Gaskell also hit 32.
Elsewhere, Salesbury are now just six points clear of basement side Settle.
Jason Rawson’s men have won twice in 15 outings and Cherry Tree won by 93 runs at Preston Old Road.
Professional Susantha Pradeep took 5-70 while Stephen Brown and Edward Foster claimed five wickets between them. However, chasing 214, they fell short despite Joe Rawlinson’s 32.
Meanwhile, in the Craven and District Cricket League Second Division, Chatburn were beaten by three wickets against Airedale.
Neil Cartledge made 46 of the home side’s 154. In reply Jonny Lockley took 4-68 and Ben Threlfall added 3-52 but it wasn’t enough.
The Clitheroe Midweek Cricket league is entering the final round of matches, with three teams chasing the title.
Chipping A did their hopes a power of good by beating nearest rivals Calderstones. Simon Gorton made 30 retired as Calderstones made 73-9, but the victors won by eight wickets with Harry Wilkinson retiring on 30.
The other side with a title chance are Low Moor, who saw off St James’, who set a target of 88. Charlie Collinge made 31 and Simon Duckworth 23 not out.
The other game saw Sabden emerge victorious over Ramblers.