After losing to Clitheroe, Earby gained a measure of consolation by ensuring former second placers Whalley endured a miserable weekend.
Beaten by 89 runs at Great Harwood, who now replace them in second spot, on Saturday, the Station Road side lost by two wickets at the Applegarth despite professional Wilkin Mota’s best efforts.
Whalley captain Richard Lamb won the toss and took first knock, the locals getting off to a slow start, at 12-1 after 12 overs, and 24-2 off 15.
Richard Palmer and Mota pushed and prodded their way to 79 off 29 overs, before Crotty had Palmer caught behind for 41.
Lamb joined his professional and carried on in the same steady way, until eventually they attacked, Mota hitting a flurry of fours and twos, reaching his half century off 71 deliveries.
Craddock returned to the attack and had Mota caught by Matt Haines, with Whalley struggling on 128-4 with three overs remaining. Nissar Hussain and Lamb threw the bat and managed to end on 161-5.
In reply, Wilson and Walton reached 60 without loss after 10 overs, before Palmer trapped Walton in front for 21. Crotty and Wilson quickly took the total over 100, , before, Mota found the edge of Wilson’s (53) bat. In his next over he tempted Crotty to play at one outside his off stump, found the edge and Jason Galling took the catch - 104-3.
Matt Haines (9), Craddock (2) and Martyn Windle (0) all went to Mota, but Matt Garner and Andrew Jaggers got the score to 144.
Mota fired one in at Garners pads and umpire Phil Keating’s finger went up. Iain Clarkson came and went, but Jason Lockley crashed three fours and a single and saw Earby home in the 39th over. Jaggers ended 29 not out and Lockley 13 not out.
Mota ended with a very respectable 6-62 off 14 overs.
Against Harwood, Whalley bowled the hosts out for 203, but were then themselves dismissed for 114 in reply.
Whalley will look to bounce back at home to Cherry Tree on Saturday.